REPORT: Rajon Rondo not expected to play for Lakers vs. Raptors, to partake in workout session instead
It seems Los Angeles Lakers fans have to wait before veteran point guard Rajon Rondo makes his season debut.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Rondo is now unlikely to play on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors despite earlier reports that he was on track to suit up for the game.
Sources: Rondo was aiming for a return on Sunday, but he will instead partake in a workout session with a few bodies to ramp up his endurance. https://t.co/H37kFA9Cng
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 10, 2019
Rondo has missed the Lakers’ first eight games of the season due to a right calf issue. Previous reports suggested that Rondo was likely to play his first game this 2019-20 season when they meet the Raptors. However, the 33-year-old playmaker will instead participate in a workout session to prepare him, perhaps, for their next outing against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.
Nevertheless, barring any other setbacks, Rondo is fully expected to make his season debut sometime within the week. The Lakers will likely ease him back into the rotation.
It remains to be seen how Rondo will affect the Lakers’ guard rotation when he comes back. So far, head coach Frank Vogel has started Avery Bradley and Danny Green in the two guard slots, with Alex Caruso, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Quinn Cook getting the minutes off the bench.
LeBron James has had the bulk of the playmaking duties in Rondo’s absence, and that is not expected to change. Still, Rondo figures to take over that role whenever The King takes a rest on the bench.
Rondo averaged 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists in 49 games for the Lakers in an injury-riddled 49-game 2018-19 season.
The Lakers have been on fire to start the season with a 7-1 record. They sit atop the league standings, with James and Anthony Davis leading the way.