The Los Angeles Lakers need a lot of help moving forward, and some of it should come in the form of a healthy Julius Randle and another top pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, as long as that pick falls in the top five and isn’t conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers instead. But the Lakers are also set to have a ton of cap space in the offseason, and the front office will likely go hard after Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
Deveney also mentions Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic as a target, but the belief is that Rondo would be the top target. Rondo and Kobe Bryant are friends, so there’s that connection, and Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported back in February that the Lakers are Rondo’s preferred destination.
But would going out and spending big bucks on a guy like Rondo really be wise? The 29-year-old hasn’t been the same player since tearing his ACL, and his numbers are down almost all across the board this season. Giving a max contract to him when you’re rebuilding just doesn’t seem smart for the long term, although having Bryant around complicates matters, because he surely doesn’t want to spend what could be the last season of his career on another terrible team.
Dragic would be the better choice, although snagging Rondo away from Dallas would probably be easier than luring Dragic away from Miami. Perhaps the Lakers should just stick with rookie Jordan Clarkson, who’s looking like one of the biggest steals of the 2014 draft.