Coming off of a 27-55 season, the Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2014 offseason with high hopes. After all, they are the premiere free agency destination in the NBA and had money to spend. They were linked to the likes of Phoenix Suns’ guard Eric Bledsoe, Detroit Pistons’ big man Greg Monroe and even landed a meeting with New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony. However, in the end, they settled for re-signing big man Jordan Hill and swingman Nick Young and adding point guard Jeremy Lin, veteran power forward Carlos Boozer and big man Ed Davis.
The Lakers will now likely shift their focus to the 2015 and 2016 offseason when prime free agents will hit the market.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes the Lakers could be targeting one of the rivals, Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo.
Well, LeBron will be a free agent again in no later than two years. And I’m sure they’d look at Rajon Rondo if he came available, along with any intriguing names on the restricted free agency market if their teams don’t agree to extensions in the next few months…
The Celtics’ ultimate goal is to keep Rondo through his current contract and eventually pairing Rondo with another star. Minnesota Timberwwolves’ power forward Kevin Love is their top choice but this is obviously a long-shot. Of course, the Celtics letting the Lakers get their hands on their best player seems like an even longer shot.
Rondo was limited just 30 games while returning from his knee injury and averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 40.3% from the field, 28.9% from beyond the arc and 62.7% from the free throw line.
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