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REPORT: Rajon Rondo expected to test free agency after title win with Lakers

Rajon Rondo, Lakers free agency

After winning his second title, this time with the Los Angeles Lakers, there’s a great expectation that veteran point guard Rajon Rondo will opt out to test free agency.

In a report by Chris Sheridan of BasketballNews.com, a source revealed that Rondo will exercise the player option of his contract to test out the free-agent market. His player option is worth $2.96 million for the 2020-21 season.

Rajon Rondo will opt out of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers to become an unrestricted free agent, BasketballNews.com learned on Thursday.

“He’s definitely opting out,” a league source said.

Even if Rondo opts out of his contract, the guard can still sign with the Lakers. Players usually do this to squeeze out a more lucrative contract from their team.

Rondo appeared on Tuesday on ESPN’s “First Take” where he shared his plans in the offseason, particularly on his contract. The 34-year-old said that he would love to re-sign with the Lakers. But he also wants to see what’s out there.

“I’m definitely going to entertain it,” Rondo said of free agency. “Obviously, always thinking about running it back with a great group of guys and coaching staff. I can’t thank those guys enough for giving me a shot the last couple of years. It’s been amazing playing for this organization.

Whether Rondo remains a Laker or not is a matter of wait-and-see. But Rondo has created a pretty hefty resume for himself. And teams—either rebuilding or gunning for the title—would love to have a guy like that in the locker room and the sidelines.