Rajon Rondo‘s time with the Dallas Mavericks came to a disastrous end, and Rondo’s value in free agency has plummeted thanks to what has happened this season. The Los Angeles Lakers have long been mentioned as Rondo’s preferred destination in free agency, and while the Lakers have cooled on their interest in the mercurial point guard, Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding says the team may be willing to sign him at the right price:
So there remains a distinct possibility in today’s pace-and-space NBA that the Los Angeles Lakers will be the torchbearers for the old school and sign the pass-first (nay, pass-only) Rondo to a free-agent contract this summer.
But what should be made clear, according to team sources, is that Buss is not the believer he was earlier in the season when it comes to Rondo, and Kupchak is toting enough healthy skepticism that he sees Rondo as value only at a certain low price.
Rondo desires a max contract in free agency, but his poor play this year and clashes with Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle have erased any possibility of that. No team is going to shell out big bucks to a moody point guard who hasn’t looked elite since tearing his ACL a few years ago. No, not even the Lakers.
Los Angeles will likely have over $20 million in cap space this offseason, and the front office has “higher priorities” when it comes to spending that money. But again, at the right price, Rondo could still wind up in the purple and gold. The point guard has a good relationship with Kobe Bryant, and perhaps Rondo would feel rejuvenated playing in Los Angeles. It’s a bit of a slippery slope for the rebuilding Lakers, who have a promising young point guard in Jordan Clarkson on the roster.