After spending 16 years in the NBA, Rajon Rondo makes his return to the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year deal after agreeing on a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies. The 35-year-old guard becomes the fifth player in this off-season to have rejoined the 2020 NBA Champions alongside Kent Bazemore, Trevor Ariza, Dwight Howard and Wayne Ellington.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rajon Rondo’s one-year contract with the LA Lakers stands at a worth of $2.6 Million USD. Moreover, he will make his full $7.5 Million USD salary between the buyout and the new Lakers deal.
“I’m looking forward to it, looking forward to the naysayers saying our age being a problem, but you don’t have longevity in this league without discipline,” Rondo stated as quoted by Hyperbeast. “We have guys that have the mileage.”
He added, “But there’s a reason they’re still playing in this league at this level for so many years. So I’m not worried about anything or the spectators saying age makes a difference. I think the mind is going to be a big key in why we win this year.”
Talking about Rajon Rondo’s performance in the 2020-21 season, he started playing for Atlanta Hawks and went onto represent LA Clippers as well. In the 45 games he played, Rondo averaged 5.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists. To those who are unaware, Rondo was a crucial part of the LA Lakers Championship winning team in the Orlando Bubble, in this two-year stint, Rondo averaged 8.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists.
With already an elite squad at disposal for the yellow and purple, Rondo’s acquisition has not only given the team more depth on the bench but has also added an abundance of experience. Having said that, in his 15 years stint in the NBA, Rajon Rondo has managed to represent 7 teams so far.