In mid-August, Rondo was included in the swap, which resulted in the Clippers of Los Angeles joining the Grizzlies in Memphis. Last Saturday, the Grizzlies unit bought out a Rondo contract, making the player a free agent.
Last season, Rondo stood out with an average of 5.4 points and 4.4 assists in 45 games against the Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks. He performed three-point shots with the best accuracy in his career so far – 40.4%.
Rondo, a two-time NBA champion and four All-Star Game player, previously played for the Lakers from 2018 to 2020. It was he who played a major role in last season’s “play-off” Orlando’s bubble, when the Lakers were crowned champions.
Rondo, who has been playing in the league for 16 years, plans to sign a veteran minimum wage agreement with the Lakers. He will take one of the three vacancies left on the Los Angeles team.
Rondo’s presence gives a bigger whack to Lakers leaders Lebron James and newcomer Russell Westbrook.
Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Wayne Elington and Kent Baymore also returned to the Lakers in the off-season.
In the first nine seasons, the NBA Rondo represented the Boston Celtics, but later played for the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, and New Zealand Pelicans.