The Los Angeles Lakers have just renounced the rights to Julius Randle, and their first move since doing so is agreeing to a one year deal with former Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo.
Rondo is signing a one-year deal with Lakers, per source. https://t.co/wDG7BO7hLk
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
The deal will be for one year worth $9 million.
Sources: Rajon Rondo is signing a one-year, $9M deal with Lakers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2018
Rondo reportedly received significant interest from the Pelicans, and they wanted to re-sign him, but the Lakers offer ultimately ended up being too good to pass up on.
This new team surrounding LeBron James seems to be a bit of a weird fit. Not only are they strong personalities but the Lakers have no shooters around James right now outside of potentially Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Earlier today, the Lakers renounced the rights to forward Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent. Although this signing isn't the nail in the coffin, it appears unlikely that the Lakers retain Randle now and simply move on.
Rondo finished last season with the Pelicans averaging 8.3 points, 8.2 assists, four assists, and 1.1 steals per gmae on 46.8 percent shooting.
Over the last couple of days, the Lakers have agreed to deals with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, former Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, former Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee, and former Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo.