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Rajon Rondo available for Lakers on minutes restriction vs. Suns

Rajon Rondo, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers veteran point guard Rajon Rondo will play under minutes restriction against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

The 33-year-old floor general has been nursing a calf injury, which has prevented him from making his 2019-20 NBA season debut with the Lakers. Rondo initially joined Los Angeles two summers ago as a free agent and re-signed with the club this past offseason, agreeing to a two-year, $5 million deal with a player option in the second year.

Rondo’s first season as a member of the Laker was largely insignificant and unsuccessful. He averaged 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game, shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from deep

He also only appeared in 46 games for the Lakers in 2018-19.

The Lakers are coming off a seven-game winning streak that was snapped the other day by the visiting reigning champion Toronto Raptors. While their streak ended, they have played solid ball with a 7-2 record without any contribution from Rondo.

LA has had the bulk of its backcourt minutes distributed to veterans Avery Bradley and Danny Green, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, and Troy Daniels rounding out the guards rotation.

Head coach Frank Vogel will have to decide who goes down in the pecking order with Rondo returning, but former G League pick-up turned viral star Caruso has looked good — including last year when he was splitting time with the NBA champion point guard.