Lakers Convert Rajon Rondo to Cleveland Cavaliers – San Bernardino Sun

Over the past few weeks, the Lakers have been reeling from injuries and losing players to protocols – underlining the help they need from a 17-19 only roster.

However, Rajon Rondo, 35, appears to be a consumable piece of the puzzle.

According to multiple reports, the Lakers are expected to close a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers sending Rondo, the point guard on their 2020 championship team, in exchange for pitcher Denzel Valentine, who is expected to be dismissed. Athletic was the first to report the deal, which will help the Lakers earn a spot on the roster.

The deal is expected to close shortly after Rondo officially exits the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol, where he has been since Sunday. ESPN reports the move will free up more game time for Rondo, who will be required to help make up for Ricky Rubio’s season-end loss to an ACL tear.

Rondo has been contracted as an emergency third point guard who can bring leadership from the sidelines. He played 18 games for the Lakers, averaging 3.1 points and 3.7 assists, but the Lakers were trailed by the Lakers by 67 points in his 289 minutes. When the team was healthy, Rondo barely played – and he was substituted on Christmas Day against the Brooklyn Nets, which would be his last healing scratch as a Laker.

The open-list position could give the Lakers a permanent home or free up space to add another player to the buyout market.

The Lakers signed Darren Collison and Stanley Johnson with a 10-day pass through a hardship waiver before that game. Johnson has averaged 7 points and 3 rebounds in three games after starting the season with the South Bay Lakers; Collison has averaged 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds since returning after two and a half years of retirement. Lakers Convert Rajon Rondo to Cleveland Cavaliers – San Bernardino Sun

Huynh Nguyen

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