The Los Angeles Lakers’ roster underwent a total facelift this offseason. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol and Talen Horton-Tucker are the only players from last season’s roster that are going to be playing for the purple and gold in the 2021-22 NBA season.
Rob Pelinka pulled off a big trade for Russell Westbrook, trading away Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and the No. 22 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. After that, he got to work filling out the roster.
Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Carmelo Anthony and Malik Monk all signed veteran’s minimum deals. Kendrick Nunn signed a two-year, $10.3 million deal. The contracts signed by Monk and Nunn were surprising given how young each player is. Bazemore also turned down more money from the Golden State Warriors to join the Lakers.
With 12 players under contract, the team planned to sign two more players before the regular season. One of those spots was filled recently, as Rajon Rondo will be joining the team as well.
Rondo was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Memphis Grizzlies this offseason but didn’t last long in Memphis. He was bought out of his contract and signed with the Lakers once he cleared waivers.
There are some mixed reactions about Rondo coming back to the Lakers, but his signing will end up being a beneficial one. Here are three reasons Rondo is a good fit for Los Angeles.