Two former All-Stars: Rajon Rondo and DeAndre Jordan, could be potential buyout additions for the Los Angeles Lakers at some point in the 2021-22 season.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said on the “Mason & Ireland” show that Rondo is a strong candidate to return to Los Angeles should he be bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies. Shelburne (who is as plugged into the Lakers as any reporter) also mentioned the veteran center as an option for L.A., should he be bought out by the Brooklyn Nets.
Rondo played an integral role — on the court, in the locker room, and in film study — in the Lakers’ run to the 2020 NBA championship in the bubble. In that postseason, Playoff Rondo averaged 8.9 points, 6.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and shot 40% from three-point range. His leadership and intelligence were immeasurable.
Overall, Rondo averaged 8.1 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.1 rebounds over two seasons with the Lakers.