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Rajon Rondo likely to make season debut vs. Raptors

Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Lakers are slowly getting their reinforcements back. Third-year forward Kyle Kuzma recently returned from an ankle injury this past week. Now, Rajon Rondo might make his season debut for the Purple and Gold very soon.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that Rondo will likely play his first game of the 2019-20 season when the Lakers square off against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Rondo has been dealing with a right calf issue that forced him to miss the first eight games of the season.

Head coach Frank Vogel reportedly plans to start Rondo in some of their games this season.

LeBron James has been the lead man at the point for the Lakers so far. That experiment has worked wonders for The King as he is averaging 11.1 assists  – a career-best so far – through Los Angeles’ first eight games this season, where they are currently atop the league standings at 7-1.

The Lakers will likely bring Rondo back slowly to begin the year. Thus, James will still have to carry the bulk of the playmaking duties until Rondo is finally up to speed. Los Angeles hopes that Rondo can help James out as the primary playmaker for the team whenever LeBron sits down to rest.

In an injury-riddled 2018-19 season, Rondo averaged 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 8.0 assists in 49 games for the Lakers. LeBron and the Lakers liked what they saw from the veteran point guard. They inked him to a two-year $5.2 million deal this past summer, with next year being a player option.