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Rajon Rondo’s trade ranks: Lakers clear spot in list of reported trade with Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Rajon Rondo.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers agreed to send Rondo to the Cavs in exchange for Denzel Valentine.

Los Angeles would have to forgo Valentine’s partially guaranteed deal to create an additional spot on the list.

The Cavs were on the hunt for a new point guard once Ricky Rubio was ruled out of the season with an ACL tear to his left knee on Tuesday.

Rondo, who was looking for a bigger role, will now take on most of the minutes left by Rubio.

Rondo is in his 16th season, averaging 3.1 points, 3.7 assists in 18 appearances for the Lakers. Rondo is currently in league health and safety protocols.

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Riders

It was a decision of necessity for the Cavs, who were in desperate need of guard assistance following Rubio’s season-ending injury. In addition to Rubio, Cleveland is already without Collin Sexton, who is out for the season with a torn meniscus and the move comes as Darius Garland is in health and safety protocols.

Bringing in Rondo responds to the need to make the game and adds a veteran presence in a young locker room of a team that has real aspirations to make noise in the playoffs.

As good as Rondo’s addition is in theory, he’s not necessarily the player he once was – he’s in his 16th season, turns 36 in February, and his averages aren’t necessarily obvious. Rondo will provide invaluable leadership and tutelage to Garland and once the playoffs arrive he will still be able to make big plays like he did in the Lakers’ title race in 2020.

Class: B

Lakers

Not much to see here for LA, which just frees up a spot on the list with the move.

The Lakers could shake things up with their spot on the free roster as they seek answers to reverse a largely disappointing season. They could sign a player like Stanley Johnson in a standard NBA contract or take over more players if general manager Rob Pelinka has a bigger job up his sleeve.

Seeing how much that doesn’t move the needle much, there’s not much to say just yet anyway.

Class: C +

– Gilbert McGregor (@ GMcGregor21)


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