The Los Angeles Lakers are stacking up in the free agency.Following the news of LeBron James 4-Year $154 million deal with the Lakers a few more big-name signings came right after including the Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson, and the Golden State Warriors’ Javale McGee. A day later, it is now being reported that 2008 NBA champion Point Guard Rajon Rondo is joining L.A.
The Lakers will get the former Kentucky Wildcat on a 1-year $9 million contract from the New Orleans Pelicans. This acquisition is specifically interesting after a long-lived rivalry between the two ballers as a result of several battles in the NBA playoffs.
Since being traded from the Boston Celtics, Rondo has been a member of the Dallas Mavericks, the Sacramento Kings, the Chicago Bulls, and his most recent team the New Orleans Pelicans making the Lakers the sixth team the 32-year-old PG has been a member of.
The Lakers also moved to make Julius Randle an unrestricted free agent this offseason to make room for the elite passer. Following his release, Randle reportedly will sign with the New Orleans Pelicans in a 2-year $18 million deal.
According to Bleacher Report, Rondo is fourth in assists among active players with 6,608. Fans might remember the outstanding outing 20 assist games Rondo had in the playoffs playing alongside Pelicans Superstar Anthony Davis.
The Lakers now have three point guards worthy of the starting spot in Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, and current free agent Isaiah Thomas.
The Lakers are still pursuing Kawhi Leonard who has one year left on his contract with the Spurs before he’ll be eligible for the free agency in 2019.
The Lakers also reportedly sought to take Paul George away from the Oklahoma City Thunder but PG13 opted to stay with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony. He also secured a major bag with the organization scoring $137 million on a 4-year extension. Melo also opted in for the last year of his deal and is expected to earn just under $28 million next season.