Report: Cavs acquiring Rondo in trade with Lakers


Rajon Rondo appears to be headed back to the Eastern Conference.

The Los Angeles Lakers are working on a deal to send the veteran guard to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade, per The Athletic's Shams Charania. Cleveland is in need of a point guard with Ricky Rubio done for the year with a torn ACL.

Update (Friday, Dec. 31): The Cavs are sending Denzel Valentine to the Lakers in exchange for Rondo, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but it appears Valentine won't remain on Los Angeles' roster.

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The Cavs will mark Rondo's ninth different team in his 16-year NBA career. The 35-year-old spent his first nine seasons with the Boston Celtics, then had stints with the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers.

Rondo has played in 18 games for L.A. this season, averaging 3.1 points 3.7 assists in 16.1 minutes.