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Could Grizzlies’ Rajon Rondo, Nets’ DeAndre Jordan join Lakers after buyouts?

Lakers guard Rajon Rondo and Nets center DeAndre Jordan

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 10: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China on October 10, 2019 at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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:

Of all the buyout candidates you’ve mentioned, Rondo is probably the strongest candidate to end up back with the Lakers. If he gets bought out, he goes right back to the Lakers.
Another buyout candidate who I think you should watch for – and this is another one that’s a bit harder to see how it’s going to happen, OK? But DeAndre Jordan in Brooklyn – they are way over the luxury tax. I don’t think he would do a buyout there. I think, if he doesn’t play at all or depending how he fits there, this would be more of a midseason thing, probably.

Alex Schiffer of The Athletic:

From what I’ve been hearing, I would be surprised if Jordan is a Net by the time the team heads to San Diego for training camp. He’s already been shopped throughout the draft and offseason and you can start to read the writing on the wall. Now, assuming he’s gone, I’m curious about the exit route. Is it a trade, when there has already been a lack of a market for him and the Nets lack draft capital and young talent to part with for a significant return? Buyout? Waived? Regardless, I do not expect him back.

Rondo isn’t expected stick in Memphis, which has too many players. He looked like salary filler in the Grizzlies-Clippers trade.

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.

The Nets have been looking to trade Jordan. Removing his $9,881,598 salary would save them about $59 million in salary and luxury-tax liability. Plus, Jordan is owed $9,821,842 the following season.

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.