Over the past five seasons Rondo has suited up for five different organizations, while the Lakers are now becoming his sixth stop in as many years. Rondo is an extremely skilled guard who can create plays on his own, and is also one of the leagues most skilled passers. A season ago he helped guide the New Orleans Pelicans to the second round of the Western Conference Finals after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round.
Rondo’s biggest concern is his health. Over the past eight seasons he is averaging just 57 games played per year. Last season he dressed for 65 games, but was healthy enough to be a pivotal piece to their first round upset over the Blazers. In 2017-18 he averaged 8.3 points per game (PPG) and 8.2 assists per game (APG). He shot 46.8 percent from the floor, his highest shooting percentage since 2012-
Although Rondo has been accused of being a bad teammate since his departure from Boston in 2014, he does bring a hard-nosed style of basketball to the Lakers. He is still an elite playmaker even though his career is on the decline, and is not afraid to take the ball to the rack. He brings a physical presence and is not afraid to get under the skin of other all-star talents across the league.
The Lakers already have their starting point guard in Lonzo Ball. The 2017 second-overall draft pick went through a rocky first year in LA, but showed flashes of greatness at times. He, like Rondo, is an elite passer and reads the floor extremely well. Los Angeles will likely use a two-man rotation this fall if Ball is not a part of any trade packages for Kawhi Leonard.
LeBron has openly expressed his praise of Ball and the likelihood that they ship the second-year talent elsewhere is slim, but not out of the question by any means. Both Rondo and Ball bring a play-making element to the Lakers that they have lacked since Kobe Bryant’s retirement three seasons ago.
Obviously both point guards’ minutes will be limited, but if Rondo can put his ego aside and compete when called upon, than the decision to sign him will pay off. If the four-time All-Star can stay relatively healthy this year then Los Angeles will have two ball-moving guards who can help alleviate some pressure away from the King.
Rondo is no stranger to the playoffs as well. He helped secure the 2008 NBA title with Boston and was one quarter away from hoisting another banner in 2010.
Rondo not only brings depth and talent to the Lakers, but he also brings much-needed playoff experience that this current Lakers roster lacks.