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NBA Rumors: LA Clippers to pursue Rajon Rondo in free agency

Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo
Raunak J
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Modified 29 Oct 2020, 00:27 IST
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Rajon Rondo shut his naysayers with his critical performances during the 2020 NBA Playoffs. He was the LA Lakers' third-most influential player after LeBron James and Anthony Davis, playing a crucial role in their title run. Crosstown rivals LA Clippers were paying close attention and the latest NBA rumors from Marc Stein suggest that they'll be targeting Rondo in free agency this offseason.

NBA Rumors: LA Clippers interested in signing Rajon Rondo

After putting up huge performances in a championship-winning run, Rajon Rondo has improved his stock significantly. He has a player option with the LA Lakers worth $2.7 million and he can easily command more than that next season.

Rondo's expected to decline the said option and become a free agent, thereby opening the door for LA Clippers to offer him a deal. However, don't expect the Purple and Gold to give up so easily as they would be willing to re-sign him too.

With both LA franchises looking for Rajon Rondo's signature, the two-time NBA Champion can expect to end up with a much better contract than the veteran's minimum.

Rajon Rondo the perfect fit for LA Clippers

LA Clippers need a playmaker
LA Clippers need a playmaker

There are two things that the LA Clippers lacked the most last season – a conventional playmaker and a vocal leader. Rajon Rondo would fill both those needs easily. His laid back nature during the regular reason can result in a few raised eyebrows but he always comes good during the postseason.

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Rajon Rondo managed 6.6 assists per game for the LA Lakers during the 2020 NBA Playoffs but it's the assist to turnover ratio of roughly 3.1 that makes him more appealing. Rondo is an able defender too, so you won't see opposition players blowing by him too often.

The LA Clippers will likely have to dip into their mid-level exception worth an estimated $9.3 million to acquire Rajon Rondo. The LA Lakers will have the same option so it could potentially result in a bidding war.


Also read: NBA Trade Rumors - 'Every team' wanted LA Lakers' Alex Caruso last season


Published 29 Oct 2020, 00:25 IST
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