Rajon Rondo Signs One-Year Deal With Lakers

Marcus Newton
July 4, 2018

The Warriors have announced the signing of injured big man Demarcus "Boogie" Cousins on a one-year deal worth over $5 million. He averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists for New Orleans last season.

The Lakers have renounced Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent, league source tells ESPN. The four-time All-Star and three-time National Basketball Association assist leader will follow JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and, of course, James among the Lakers' new recruits.

Randle had a breakout season in 2017-18.

The Lakers will open training camp in September, and the competition between Ball and Rondo undoubtedly will be fierce.

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The Pelicans were back in for the 32-year-old, creating more salary-cap flexibility as they confirmed the departure of Julius Randle.

Rondo's deal comes a day after the Lakers landed LeBron James in free agency.

LeBron James' decision to join the Lakers marked an excellent start to Magic Johnson's plan to turn Los Angeles into a contender. Not only are there questions surrounding how he will return from the achilles he tore in January, but analysts have also waffled on what type of contract they expect him to sign. It was reported earlier today that Randle was excited about the possibility of playing on the Lakers in 2018-19.

Now Rondo could potentially serve as a terrific mentor for Ball, who averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds as a rookie, but shot just 36 percent overall and 30.5 percent from 3-point range. Brandon Ingram, 20, is now the longest-tenured Lakers player, having played a grand total of 138 games over two seasons since he was drafted out of Duke in 2016.

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