NBA rumors: Rajon Rondo could be headed back to the Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers are still filling out their roster and it’s possible that Rajon Rondo could be back in the purple and gold.

The Lakers have reportedly been looking for a third point guard to finish off their roster and there are rumors they could turn to a familiar face if he becomes available.

Rondo is currently on the Memphis Grizzlies, landing there in the trade that brought Eric Bledsoe to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Grizzlies have more players than roster spots at this point and a buyout with Rondo seems to make sense for both sides.

What could Rajon Rondo do for the Los Angeles Lakers?

Rondo was an instrumental part of the Lakers’ 2020 title, averaging 8.9 points, 6.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers, during their 16-game postseason run. However, it’s unlikely that he’d have as large a role to play this season. Even with Alex Caruso having moved on, the Lakers’ backcourt rotation will be crowded with Kendrick Nunn, Malik Monk, Wayne Ellington, Wes Matthews and Talen Horton-Tucker all making sense as spot-up shooting options around LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

Rondo would likely be more of a break-in-case of emergency option but his experience would certainly be valuable and if the Lakers were tested at all by injury, he would be a decent fall-back option.