LeBron effect: Rajon Rondo jumps to Lakers


Thomas became an unrestricted free agent Saturday.

League sources told ESPN and Yahoo Sports that Rondo agreed to a one-year, $9 million contract with the team on Monday. Unless Ball is traded away, he would most likely be demoted to a bench role with fellow youngsters Josh Hart and Moe Wagner. In the years since he left the team in the 2014-15 season, he's only spent one year with each subsequent squad.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported the deal, said that the Lakers landed Rondo by outbidding the New Orleans Pelicans, where the 32-year-old played last season.

Rondo averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists in helping lead the Pelicans to the Western Conference semifinals last season. The four-time All-Star also won a championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.

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

Now Rondo could potentially serve as a terrific mentor for Ball, who averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds as a rookie, but shot just 36 percent overall and 30.5 percent from 3-point range. The next big question revolves around free agent DeMarcus Cousins. The Lakers did not reach the playoffs during his four seasons.

The report also stated that Randle will have a player option in the second year of his deal.

Both Davis and Randle played collegiately at Kentucky, and the Pelicans have made it a habit over the past few years to add former Wildcats to the roster.