Latest Lakers Update Contradicts Rajon Rondo Rumors

Published 08/29/2021, 9:39 AM EDT
Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks on during warmups before game three of the 2020 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have undoubtedly been one of the most active franchises since the beginning of free agency. The acquisitions of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard are a brilliant addition of veteran experience into the roster.

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However, many critics felt the Lakers are getting too old in pursuing an experienced roster. This would severely put their long-term future in danger. And as per trusted sources, the management agrees with that in a way. At least that is what general manager Rob Pelinka and senior basketball adviser Kurt Rambis recently told former Lakers’ player Jared Dudley. Their actions are, however, ironic, as opposed to what they are claiming to be doing.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Jared Dudley recently revealed to the LA Times that “No one owed me anything, Rob and Kurt were honest and upfront, nothing but respect and gratitude to them and Jeanie [Buss], I will be forever thankful for the opportunity they gave me.

“But I did want to come back. I did think I could help the team, especially having so many new players, but I understand they wanted to get younger.”

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However, this, in a way, contradicts the latest updates about the Lakers’ trades. As per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, The Lakers are frontrunners in landing Rajon Rondo after agreeing to a contract buyout with the Grizzlies. They expect him to join the Lakers by Monday. He was on the Lakers roster that won the NBA Championship in 2020 and is the only player to have won a ring with both Boston and Lakers.

But no matter how much experience he brings, one cannot deny that he is 35 years old. That is the complete opposite of where Rob and Kurt claimed to be wanting to take the franchise.

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However, the Lakers still have two spots left on the roster – which means they still have two more chances of bringing on some young players into the roster. Including Rondo, 10 players on the current roster would be above the age of 30, and six of them are above 35. Hopefully, the remaining spots on the roster will be filled up with some young talent.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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