Rajon Rondo

Reports: Lakers renounce rights to Julius Randle, sign Rajon Rondo

Reports: Lakers renounce rights to Julius Randle, sign Rajon Rondo

The Lakers are wheeling and dealing.

A day after adding LeBron James, Kentavius Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson, they've reportedly added veteran point guard Rajon Rondo on a one-year, $9 million.

Adding Rondo came at a price though, as the Lakers renounced the rights of restricted free agent Julius Randle. That makes the 23-year-old forward an unrestricted free agent.

Rondo joins the Lakers after one successful season in New Orleans. In 65 games, he averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists per game.

ESPN was first to report both moves. Yahoo Sports first had terms of Rondo's deal.

Warriors report to NBA on Rondo's 'dangerous play' swiping at Curry's ankle

Warriors report to NBA on Rondo's 'dangerous play' swiping at Curry's ankle

NEW ORLEANS -- The Warriors, from ownership all the way down to interns, tend to be protective of Stephen Curry. Understanding his value to the team and the franchise, they tend to take action when someone goes after him.

Such as what happened Friday night, when Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo made an attempt to injure Curry on a play less than three minutes into the first quarter.

Less than three minutes into Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, Curry went up for a jump shot that missed. Trailing the play after being screened by JaVale McGee, Rondo came up behind Curry and used his right foot to swipe at his left ankle as he came down after the shot.

“It’s just a dangerous play,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Saturday after practice. “It’s a dangerous play.”

After viewing video of the play, the Warriors were bothered enough to report it the NBA discipline chief Kiki Vandeweghe, who was at Smoothie King Center for Game 3. Not that they expect Rondo to face any actual discipline from the league.

“We’ll probably send it in and... it’s not going to do anything,” Kerr said, “but hopefully they just keep an eye out for it.”

Regardless of any action by the league, NBA players are willing to seek their own form of justice. With Rondo already engaged in several heated exchanges with Draymond Green, the veteran point guard shouldn’t expect hugs and handshakes from the Warriors when the teams meet Sunday for Game 4.

“Draymond’s done a good job of handling his business,” Kerr said. “Rondo is a competitor and they’re competing. I don’t see anything wrong with it, other than the tripping. Can’t do that. I’m all for getting underneath a guy’s skin, but you can’t try to step on a guy’s foot or try to swipe a guy underneath his feet as he’s shooting. Those are dangerous plays.”

After watching video of the incident for the first time, Kevin Durant, who minutes earlier indicated that all is fair in postseason basketball, couldn’t bring himself comment.

“What do you want me to say about that?” he said.

The video, shown above, speaks for itself.

Though Rondo’s foot made contact, there was no apparent ill effect on Curry, who didn’t seem to notice it.

Some of his teammates surely did, either Friday night or at some point Saturday, even though they chose not to directly address the issue.

Asked about that particular play, Green deflected it.

“I think Steph will have a better shooting day tomorrow,” he said. “KD will have a better shooting day tomorrow. Klay (Thompson) will be even better than he was tomorrow. And I think we’ll do what we came here to do, which is win the game.”

Don’t be surprised, though, if in Game 4 the Pelicans, and Rondo in particular, face considerably more force from the Warriors. More physicality. And not just to win the game.

Draymond Green calls for the truth on rivalry with Rajon Rondo, 'I’m not an idiot'

Draymond Green calls for the truth on rivalry with Rajon Rondo, 'I’m not an idiot'

NEW ORLEANS -- On several occasions in the Warriors-Pelicans Western Conference Semifinals, Draymond Green and Rajon Rondo have engaged in verbal exchanges that provoked a response from officials. Nothing serious, but it’s enough to create a rivalry within the games.

Green knows his reputation, deserved or not, is that if he is involved in any conflict or squabbling, blame is bound to find him.

So in the wake of the Warriors taking a 119-100 loss to New Orleans in Game 3 Friday, Green put forth a vigorous self-defense, urging everyone to pay close attention to his behavior and implying that in this case he is not the instigator but the recipient.

To be sure, Green and Rondo have a lot in common. Both are terrific players, able to put their stamp on a game without scoring. Both are determined competitors. Neither is inclined to back down from anything.

Green’s clear implication is that Rondo has been trying to bait him.

“I haven’t been getting into it with Rondo,” Green began. “You’ve seen me get into it with people before. It’s been once. I wouldn’t even say ‘getting into it though.’ How many times have I walked up to him? I haven’t gotten into it with him.”

There were couple instances in Game 3, with officials playing referee both times and separating the two. Asked if they were trying to bait each other, Green bristled.

“I don’t have to try and bait Rondo,” he said. “I get nothing out of trying to bait Rondo at anything. That does nothing for me. Once again, when have I went up to him and tried to bait him? (Media) hate the storyline of somebody trying to bait me, huh? I’ve just got to be involved. ‘Oh, Draymond is doing this! At some point, somebody has got to tell the truth. It ain’t Draymond this time.

“I’ve baited a lot of guys,” he conceded. “I’ve tried to bait a lot of guys. Succeeded in quite a bit, sometimes not. I ain’t trying to bait nobody.”

Green was not finished.

“So at some point somebody’s got to tell the truth,” he said. “And I know that’s not quite the DNA these days, of people telling the truth. But at some point, y’all got to tell the truth. Draymond ain’t trying to bait nobody. I’m chilling, playing basketball. I look forward to y’all telling the truth one day. Maybe it won’t happen; I ain’t expecting it. But I do look forward to it.”

Green feels that he is being targeted by the Pelicans, and particularly by Rondo, in an attempt to exploit his reputation.

“I’m not an idiot, that’s for sure,” he said. “I can see what they’re trying to accomplish a mile away.”

Rondo, for his part, denied any involvement in trying to get Green off his game or in trouble with referees.

“That’s his game,” Rondo said. “I don’t try to bait him at anything. It’s just that he talks a lot of sh-- and this is a part of it. We’re competing. I don’t think it’s nothing more than that we’re battling on the court. He’s a great competitor and I love competing against him. I’m just trying to match his intensity.”

Rondo said there is no method to his tactics, that he’s merely playing the game against someone willing to use similar tactics.

“If a guy is talking trash on the other team, it’s natural to me to respond,” he said. “And not in a crazy way or anything, just to let him know that we’re not a pushover. We’re here to fight. And with my guys on the court, I’m going to fight as hard as I can.”

After losing Games 1 and 2 in Oakland, the Pelicans rallied at home to tighten the series. Knowing Green and listening to Rondo, it’s evident that this new rivalry is not likely to go away, at least not during this series.

There’s too much on the line, and both of them are at their best when the stakes are high.