Could Grizzlies’ Rajon Rondo, Nets’ DeAndre Jordan join Lakers after buyouts?
The Lakers – despite LeBron James’ and Anthony Davis’ wishes, according to Jared Dudley – aren’t re-signing Dudley.
What does Los Angeles have planned for its final roster spots?
Maybe getting Rajon Rondo (Grizzlies) and DeAndre Jordan (Nets) after buyouts.
ESPN Los Angeles:
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
Though Rondo played excellently in the Lakers’ 2020 championship, he should carry lower expectations at age 35. He was awful with the Hawks last season, and he didn’t revert to Playoff Rondo with the Clippers.
Still, the Lakers could use another point guard behind Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Nunn. Rondo would complement score-first Nunn as more of a distributor. If he’s willing to accept a lesser role, Rondo could help as a deep-roster addition.
Likewise, Jordan could provide depth at center behind Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard and Marc Gasol (maybe Marc Gasol). But he’s also showing signs of decline at age 33. Blake Griffin, Jeff Green and Nicolas Claxton passed him in the Nets’ rotation last season. James Johnson is set to replace Green this year, and Brooklyn also drafted Day’Ron Sharpe No. 29.
But would he accept a buyout? Remember, Jordan joined Brooklyn to play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Perhaps, the Nets will salary-dump Jordan in a trade. At that point, it’d be easy to see him accepting a buyout from another team he has no connection to.
Like Rondo with the Grizzlies.