REPORT: Lakers’ Rajon Rondo officially ruled out vs. Raptors
Lakers have officially ruled out Rajon Rondo tonight.
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) November 10, 2019
Rondo has yet to play this season due to a calf injury, but he had hoped to make his debut against the Raptors after taking part in five-on-five activities on Saturday. However, the team opted to keep him sidelined, instead letting him to participate in a workout session ahead of Sunday’s showdown with the defending champions.
The veteran point guard was pegged as the starter prior to an MRI that revealed he had a mild calf strain. Although the Lakers have had success with LeBron James orchestrating the offense and a combination of Alex Caruso and Quinn Cook contributing in the backcourt, Rondo figures to be inserted immediately.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel has repeatedly said that he hopes to give Rondo major minutes, and the indication is that he can take some of the onus off of James, who — for the first time in his career — missed extended time last year due to injury.
Rondo is in his second year with Los Angeles after averaging 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists last season. He also saw an uptick in 3-point shooting.
Although Rondo will not suit up on Sunday night, his return is imminent.