Veteran guard Rajon Rondo played an integral part in the Los Angeles Lakers 2020 NBA title run.

Averaging 8.9 points and 6.6 assists per game shooting a much-improved 40 percent from three in the playoffs, Rondo proved he still has something left in the tank for any team trying to add a player with championship DNA. He scored 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field to break open the Lakers title-clinching Game 6 win and tallied 105 assists off the bench throughout their postseason run, setting a record for most assists off the bench in NBA Playoffs history.

In winning his second NBA title - the other coming with the Boston Celtics - he became the second player in league history to win a championship with both storied franchises, first helping the Celtics earn their league-leading 17th NBA championship, then helping the Lakers tie their rivals for most titles in NBA history.

The 34-year-old has a player option worth $2.69 million, which Chris Sheridan of BasketballNews.com reported that he is "definitely opting out" to become an unrestricted free agent. However, Rondo told ESPN's First Take crew that he's still considering a re-run with the Lakers.

"I'm definitely going to entertain (returning to the Lakers)," Rondo stated. "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. 

"My agent and I will sit down and talk, but right now, I'm just kind of enjoying the moment, continuing to ride this high out. I don't want to think about free agency right now; I've got a couple of months to do that as well. Right now, I'm going to enjoy the time with my family, friends, take a lot of great vacations and keep enjoying life," he stated back on Oct. 13.

So while the Lakers are certainly still an option, what are some other teams that could pursue Rondo as an unrestricted free agent?

9h ago Free Agency 2020

Free agent destinations for Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo has a player option worth $2.69 million with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, but a report has said that he will opt out of his deal and test free agency. While that doesn't mean he won't re-sign with the Lakers on a new deal, take a look at some other options for the two-time NBA champion point guard.

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Veteran guard Rajon Rondo played an integral part in the Los Angeles Lakers 2020 NBA title run.

Averaging 8.9 points and 6.6 assists per game shooting a much-improved 40 percent from three in the playoffs, Rondo proved he still has something left in the tank for any team trying to add a player with championship DNA. He scored 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field to break open the Lakers title-clinching Game 6 win and tallied 105 assists off the bench throughout their postseason run, setting a record for most assists off the bench in NBA Playoffs history.

In winning his second NBA title - the other coming with the Boston Celtics - he became the second player in league history to win a championship with both storied franchises, first helping the Celtics earn their league-leading 17th NBA championship, then helping the Lakers tie their rivals for most titles in NBA history.

The 34-year-old has a player option worth $2.69 million, which Chris Sheridan of BasketballNews.com reported that he is "definitely opting out" to become an unrestricted free agent. However, Rondo told ESPN's First Take crew that he's still considering a re-run with the Lakers.

"I'm definitely going to entertain (returning to the Lakers)," Rondo stated. "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. 

"My agent and I will sit down and talk, but right now, I'm just kind of enjoying the moment, continuing to ride this high out. I don't want to think about free agency right now; I've got a couple of months to do that as well. Right now, I'm going to enjoy the time with my family, friends, take a lot of great vacations and keep enjoying life," he stated back on Oct. 13.

So while the Lakers are certainly still an option, what are some other teams that could pursue Rondo as an unrestricted free agent?

LA Clippers

It's no secret that the Clippers are looking for some assistance in the point guard department after coming up well short of their goal for last season. For a team with championship aspirations, there's no better fit than trying to acquire the most playoff-tested player in free agency. Where Patrick Beverley and Reggie Jackson couldn't get the job done, Rondo could be the ideal facilitator to distribute shots among Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. On the second unit, he could take some pressure off of Lou Williams as the only reliable primary ball-handler, allowing him to work off-ball when he'd like. Plus, it would make it all that much sweeter for the Clippers to sweep Rondo from their in-town rivals. 

Miami Heat

With Goran Dragic set to become an unrestricted free agent, it may be tough for the Heat to re-sign their starting point guard for the type of money he'd be looking for if they want to keep their books clean for 2021 free agency in the potential pursuit of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

That leaves a void for a primary ball-handler and floor general and with the hopes of returning to the NBA Finals again in the near-future, Rondo makes a ton of sense here. He could be the perfect veteran to mentor young guard Tyler Herro while also giving the Heat another playmaker alongside Herro, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. When you add to it that he and Butler have a previous relationship as teammates with the Chicago Bulls, this deal becomes even more realistic.