Rajon Rondo was an integral part of the Lakers’ recent championship. His playmaking and ball-handling helped the Lakers win it all. At times, he showed traces of his passing prowess from his All-Star days. At other times, he kept the defense honest with timely jumpers. Rajon Rondo has become a great contributor to a championship team. Rondo got his second championship and has a pretty good case to make the Hall of Fame.
Despite his success, Rondo is a free agent in the coming offseason. Rondo could elect to sign a deal elsewhere and leave the Lakers in search of more playing time, and perhaps a bigger payday. Perhaps he could stay put, and decide to try and win it all again. Regardless, there’s a demand for a player like Rondo: here are the top 5 best free agency destinations for him.
5. Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks could be a prime destination for Rondo in terms of financial compensation. Rondo doesn’t have many years left in the league, and his time for a payday would be limited. Perhaps he could sacrifice winning in Los Angeles for a bigger payday in Atlanta. There is no doubt that the Lakers roster will look different next season.
On the Hawks, Rondo could mentor a young up and coming star in Trae Young. He would also have solid lob threats in John Collins and Clint Capela, and a fresh lottery pick in Onyeka Okongwu. The Eastern Conference is weak, so the Hawks could make a push for the 7th or 8th seed. In that case, a playoff proved and a battle-tested veteran like Rondo could show Trae Young what it takes to win at the highest level. Rondo could be a locker room leader, all while getting paid big bucks.
4. Boston Celtics
A return to the Celtics? It’s entirely possible. While Rondo wouldn’t be starting, he would possibly get significant minutes at the backup PG position, similar to his role with the Lakers. Rondo would be able to bring championship culture to the Celtics as he’s won the whole thing before. Rondo in a Celtics uniform again would be a great sight for Celtics fans; he’s a fan favorite as he won alongside the rest of the Celtics in 2008.
If Gordon Hayward leaves (Likely), then the Celtics are going to need a player to fill a spot. Marcus Smart will most likely move into the starting lineup: he was one of the most featured players in the playoffs this year, especially in the Toronto series. Rajon Rondo would then take Smart’s role on the bench. This is an option that seems appealing to both sides, and the Celtics would let Rondo compete while offering a decent contract and a chance to return to another team where he won a championship.