Rajon Rondo made it clear if LeBron James signed with the Lakers he’d follow him
This had immediately resulted in several other players quickly committing to playing for the Lakers next season on short-term deals. Among those was point guard Rajon Rondo on a one-year, $9 million deal, which his former teammate Ryan Hollins made it clear that the 32-year-old had his eyes set on joining James in Los Angeles.
Very interesting quote about Rajon Rondo on ESPNs First Take, by former NBA player Ryan Hollins
“He told me if LeBron goes to LA, he’s going to LA.”
— Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) July 4, 2018
This is the first time in his career that Rondo will play with James in his career that could see him be a big impact player in the backcourt. It is a move that the four-time league MVP has signed off on given that the former All-Star is regarded as being one of the smartest players in the league that has the competitive drive to match it.
It is an opportunity that Rondo couldn’t pass up playing alongside James with a chance to possibly compete for an NBA title, which was only further emphasized after it came to fruition that he was joining the Lakers. There had previously been interested in Rondo from Los Angeles over the last couple of offseason, but nothing had truly come to fruition.
His addition to the fold has brought up some questions concerning second-year point guard Lonzo Ball’s future with the team, but it simply looks like Rondo had a strong desire to play with James. The lack of significant interest from the New Orleans Pelicans likely made the route easier for him to choose this offseason. Rondo could be in line for a huge role as a contributor along with being a mentor for Ball and the other young players on the roster to help them along in their development.