Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard Describes What Rajon Rondo Brings Into the Team

Published 03/28/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Jan 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Rajon Rondo (7) controls the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard DÕAngelo Russell (0) in the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Clippers finally have a new point guard. The Clippers made a big move on the trade deadline, sending Lou Williams to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo was a big acquisition for the Clippers, as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George had been asking for a play-making point guard for a long time. And now, Kawhi talked about what Rondo brings to the fold.

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Kawhi on what Rondo brings to LA

Kawhi Leonard spoke to the press after the Clippers win over the Philadelphia 76ers. When asked about what Rajon Rondo brings to the LA Clippers, Leonard noted that Rondo clearly has a lot of experience with championship teams. Rajon will bring a great deal of intelligence and veteran experience, allowing the team to have a tertiary attacking option when they need it most.

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“He’s a point guard that’s been there before in previous championship runs. He’s gonna give us that veteran mentality, and experience. And giving us another ball-handler and playmaker that can attack the rim and make the defense collapse.”

Rondo was crucial to the Los Angeles Lakers last year. During the NBA playoffs, Rondo was the third-best player for the Los Angeles Lakers. When LeBron James and Anthony Davis rested during games, Rondo would run the offense, creating excellent plays to break opposition defenses and get his teammates open looks. Rondo was a pivotal part of the championship run.

Clippers targeted Rajon Rondo

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During the off-season, the Clippers targeted Rondo in free agency. They wanted to bring him in so they could yield the same results as the Lakers did with his presence. However, the Atlanta Hawks were able to offer him more money and were able to sign him. But the stint in Atlanta didn’t work out for Rondo, and now he has a chance to be back in the championship fold.

Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Rajon Rondo (7) shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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Was Rajon Rondo the missing piece for the LA Clippers? Their odds have significantly improved since his addition. While Rondo is yet to take the court for the Clippers, they brought him in primarily for the playoff run this season. Rondo will have to prove the Clippers right for wanting to bring him in for their championship aspirations. Rondo could be the final asset that they needed.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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