The Los Angeles Lakers have added a host of crafty veterans this offseason to play alongside LeBron James.
While LeBron’s new running mates have inked 1-year deals, the idea is that the team is looking to retain cap flexibility in order to chase multiple big fish next summer. That has not stopped Rajon Rondo, one of the key Lakers’ additions, from dreaming big for the 2018-19 season.
“We’re expected to win now,” Rondo told reporters as he was introduced as a Laker. “You put any group of players around LeBron James, as he has done (eight) straight times, he went to the finals. So my expectations are the exact same thing.”
Rondo played a big role in the Lakers’ rivalry with the Boston Celtics, as the point guard helped orchestrate the franchise to a 2008 title. The Lakers won a rematch in 2010.
Rondo, who signed a 1-year, $9 million deal in Los Angeles, will push Lonzo Ball for the starting job. Both guards figure to play prominent roles next to LeBron. Rondo also boasts the same kind of court vision and intellect as LeBron. In fact, Rondo dished out 25 assists in a game during the 2017-18 season while he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
While the Lakers might not boast a tremendous amount of shooting, they have added playmakers who can create for themselves and their teammates. "It will be very versatile, and I don't think you'll be able to scout and stick to one game plan as far as being able to stop a certain player,” Rondo said of the new-look Lakers.
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