Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Lakers sign Rajon Rondo to one-year deal for $9 million

Lakers sign Rajon Rondo to one-year deal for $9 million

Rondo spent last season at New Orleans Pelicans, signing a one-year deal 12 months ago. Rondo has averaged 10.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting, plus 4.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists in 779 career games with Boston, Dallas, Sacramento, Chicago and New Orleans.

"Julius Randle has made it clear that I don't think he really wants to be back there", Aldridge said on Sunday.

He teams up with James who will join the Lakers on a four-year deal worth $153.3million (£116m).

Sources told ESPN that Randle requested that the Lakers renounce him, sparing him what he believed would be a reduced role in a return to the team.

A Randle-Davis pairing will work similar to the Cousins-Davis pairing last season.

James left home state side Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career having chose to opt out of the final year of his contract.

Rondo did have a memorable clash with another Lakers point guard when he and Isaiah Thomas got into a scuffle and were ejected, along with Walton, during a Valentine's Day meeting in New Orleans last season. Randle is more of a ball-handler and off-the-dribble threat.

The Los Angeles Lakers roster is starting to look very different than it did less than 24 hours ago. This would change a bit if the Lakers were to trade for Kawhi Leonard, but L.A. would also have to trade salaries in that deal as well. The next big question revolves around free agent DeMarcus Cousins. It was reported earlier today that Randle was excited about the possibility of playing on the Lakers in 2018-19.

Despite his development on offense, Randle started only 49 games while averaging 26.7 minutes. He was the No. 7 overall draft pick out of Kentucky in 2014 but played in only one game his rookie season before breaking a leg.

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