Cavaliers set to close deal for Lakers guard Rajon Rondo


November 24, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, United States; Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (4) warms up before the game against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to strike a deal to acquire Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo on Friday, ESPN reported.

According to the report, the Cavaliers will need to open a spot to make room for Rondo. Their options include sending a minimum contract player to Los Angeles, relinquishing a player or awarding money to the Lakers or a second-round draft pick in exchange.

Cleveland has a business exception that allows the team to absorb Rondo’s $ 2.6 million salary, according to the report.

The Cavaliers lost another veteran playmaker Ricky Rubio to an ACL tear in his left knee earlier this week.

Rondo, 35, has been part of the NBA’s health and safety protocol since Sunday and has not played since December 23.

The four-time All-Star is averaging 3.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 18 games off the bench this season, his 16th NBA campaign.

Two-time NBA champion Rondo has career averages of 9.8 points, 8.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 936 games with eight teams.

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