REPORT: Rajon Rondo agrees to 2-year, $15M deal with Hawks
Rajon Rondo bid farewell to the Los Angeles Lakers in a heartfelt post to his Instagram account and it appears he’s made a decision on where he’ll play next. After teasing where he’ll play, Rondo agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Free agent guard Rajon Rondo has reached an agreement with the Atlanta Hawks on a two-year, $15 million deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 21, 2020
Just before Haynes broke the news of Rondo inking a deal with the Hawks, Rondo hinted at joining them. The veteran point guard posted a photo of the John Lewis mural, which is located in the Atlanta area.
I spy Rondo in … Atl? pic.twitter.com/ZltYWZLAq6
— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) November 21, 2020
Before the 2019-20 season, Rondo signed a two-year, $5.1 million with the Lakers. Despite it being a two-year contract, the second year was a player option, giving him a choice to decline it after this past season.
In his second season with the Lakers (initially joining in 2018-19), Rondo played a pivotal role alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Given his uncanny knowledge of the game, Rondo was essentially another coach on the floor for Los Angeles.
During the regular season, Rondo would record 7.1 points, three rebounds, and five assists per game. His 7.1 points were the lowest mark in his career since his rookie season with the Boston Celtics in 2006.
However, as he’s typically done throughout his career, Rondo played much better during the playoffs, helping the Lakers secure an NBA Championship. Now, Rondo will head to Atlanta to act as a mentor to Trae Young.
Besides Rondo, the Hawks also finalized a deal with Kris Dunn, giving them depth at the guard spots. Seeing that they gave Rondo more than Dunn, they expect the experienced point guard to be a key contributor this season.