Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel hasn’t figured everything — or maybe anything — out yet when it comes to his revamped roster, but he did provide a couple of hints at potential roles for Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo this season.
During a lengthy and substantive conversation on Spectrum’s “LakeShow” podcast, Vogel discussed Davis’ speculated full-time(ish) move to the center position:
“There really is a vast array and no decisions have been made,” Vogel said. “People ask me all the time: Are we gonna start AD at the 5 or are we gonna play with two bigs, like we did two years ago — what’s it gonna look like? The honest answer is we don’t know yet. We’re gonna watch these guys play together in camp and measure the pros and cons of certain lineups.”
The Lakers coach also signaled that the 35-year old Rondo may not see as much action as years past, though his impact will manifest every day.
“I think Rondo coming back can be a real positive voice, for a guy that’s not gonna play as much but can really impact our team with his leadership,” Vogel said.
Vogel’s comments corroborate Rondo’s own prognosis from earlier this month.
“They have talked to me about roles with this team, and what they look forward to me bringing to the team this year, versus the past couple of seasons.” Rondo said on Mason & Ireland. “Just being ready when my number is called. Obviously, we have a lot of depth at the point guard position. Understanding that I’m not going to be playing as much as I would like, or possibly want to, but at the same time being a mentor for young guys… just doing what I do best.”
At the moment, Kendrick Nunn — the fifth-highest paid player on the team — is slated to be the Lakers’ primary backup point guard behind Russell Westbrook (not counting LeBron James). Either way, Rondo’s value in the film room is priceless, and the Lakers know first-hand how he can elevate his game in the playoffs.
Vogel also touched on Davis’ imposing physical transformation, expectations for Talen Horton-Tucker, LeBron’s unmatched leadership and work ethic, and more with the Spectrum crew. (Here’s a thread of his comments, courtesy of Lakers Nation’s Daniel Starkland.)
Lakers training camp opens on Tuesday.