The Los Angeles Lakers made one of their big free agency moves official on Friday with the signing of former All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo on a one-year, $9 million deal.
It has put him in place to be a prominent factor in the backcourt next season. A major role he’ll take on is as a mentor and guiding force for second-year point guard Lonzo Ball.
Per Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Rondo voiced on Friday that he is excited for the opportunity to work with Ball and help him progress in the pros.
Rondo on Lonzo: "I’m excited to get a player at that age and try to help him as much as I can, as far as understanding the game and getting his game up to speed at a high level."
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) July 6, 2018
Beyond what Rondo brings to court as one of the league’s premier passers at the position, the Lakers are hopeful that he can provide Ball needs to push him forward toward developing into the franchise cornerstone at point guard that the team envisioned him becoming when he was selected second overall pick in last year’s draft.
Rondo has proven throughout his career to be one of the more gritty and tough-minded point guards that has helped him excel on the court at a high level. Although there are still questions that remain about his ability to shoot the ball from the outside with consistency, he has plenty of experience over the first 12 years of his career.
The 20-year-old Ball has showed flashes of promise through his first season behind his great court vision, passing ability, and decision making with the ball. Although he dealt with nagging injuries throughout the year along with shooting struggles, he has plenty of talent to become a highly productive and dependable player for the Lakers over the next decade. This upcoming season will go a long way in him showcasing his skillset.