Rajon Rondo, a veteran point guard, will return to the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year contract.
After clearing waivers on Monday, veteran point guard Rajon Rondo plans to sign a short-term contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to league sources, Rondo has agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Lakers. The agreement has yet to be confirmed by the team, but it is likely to be formalized on Tuesday.
Between the buyout and his pending contract with the Lakers, Rondo, who agreed to a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies over the weekend, will earn his full $7.5 million salary this season.
The Lakers were the front-runners to sign Rondo after his buyout with the Grizzlies, according to The Athletic and the Los Angeles Times. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade earlier this month.
Rondo, a two-time NBA champion and four-time All-Star, spent two seasons with the Lakers from 2018 to 20. In the Orlando, Fla., bubble, he was a major member of Los Angeles’ championship team.
Rondo, 35, will provide depth at point guard for the Lakers, with superstars LeBron James and Russell Westbrook anticipated to shoulder the majority of the ball-handling duties.
Rondo will join Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, and Wayne Ellington as the fifth former Lakers player to return to the franchise this off-season. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.4 assists in 45 games for the Atlanta Hawks and Clippers last season.
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