Rumor has it that Rajon Rondo is looking to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won the 2020 NBA Championship.
The 15-year veteran was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this summer, but he has just cleared waivers and is now a free agent. A frontrunner for landing him? The Los Angeles Lakers.
The last time he was in the Purple & Gold 2 seasons ago, the team looked very different.
So, what can Rondo bring to a new look LA team?
Rajon Rondo can fill many roles. One would be a veteran leader in the locker room and on the bench.
With Jared Dudley retiring, the Lakers lost one of the best veteran leaders a team could have. The team may have many veterans, but Rondo has such an influence and can really be one of the most vocal ones on and off the court.
This is what he’s known for. Rajon Rondo has always been a great passer and facilitator wherever he plays. He may not be the all-star point guard he once was where he could record a triple-double every night, but he will surely be able to facilitate Frank Vogel’s offense and guide his teammates on the court.
He’s still one of the best assist men in the entire NBA, averaging over 8 assists a game in his career, and playing under Frank Vogel back in 2020 is an added boost.
This is extremely valuable. Having 2 rings and a ton of playoff experience can help this Laker team, the favorites, win the title.
The playoffs are always a different challenge, and Rondo’s experience can help him and his team finds the composure and mentality they need to achieve their goals.
Rajon Rondo is a winner. Wherever he goes, he always brings the winning mentality he has had since his days in Boston. He always sets his standards high, and he holds everyone accountable.
This type of leadership and mentality will be vital to the performance of the Purple & Gold this season, and hopefully, his winning attitude rubs off on his teammates and helps lead them to success.
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