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

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

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

Interestingly, the Lakers inked former Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo to a one-year, $9 million deal right after the news broke that Randle was no longer part of Los Angeles' plans.

Johnson and Pelinka acquired veteran Isaiah Thomas from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the deal that also brought the Lakers forward Channing Frye in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

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

The Rondo addition, in particular, had the National Basketball Association world trying to make sense of the Lakers' plan.

Ball reportedly suffered torn meniscus in his left knee near the end of last season, but he is expected to be sound when training camp begins in September.

Rondo gives the Lakers experience at point guard, where the Lakers relied on Ball, and even Ingram when Ball was injured.

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. The Lakers become Rondo's sixth team.

The Pelicans were back in for the 32-year-old, creating more salary-cap flexibility as they confirmed the departure of Julius Randle.

With Rondo and Ball both being point guards, the Lakers told Rondo the team is trying to win now and the best man would play, a source told Shelburne. Los Angeles can be patient, get the trade they want or add the free agents next summer, and in the meantime see which of their young core fits with that. He also has played for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls. The next big question revolves around free agent DeMarcus Cousins. Randle was the seventh overall pick of the 2014 draft out of Kentucky. He had averages of 16.1 points, and 8.0 rebounds, per game.

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