Cleveland Cavaliers acquire Rajon Rondo from Los Angeles Lakers


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It was rumored Thursday, Friday it’s official. With the Cleveland Cavaliers at their last point guard after injuries to Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio, they needed to add to their backcourt as soon as possible. Today, they struck a deal, trading for Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs send Lakers guard / striker Denzel Valentine to finish the exchange for Rondo. The Lakers are expected to forgo Valentine’s partially guaranteed contract, creating an open place for the team.

For the Cavs, Rondo offers a veteran presence who can step in and play right away. Rondo has always been a devastating defense and has an incredibly high basketball IQ, frequently calling the opposing team’s sets during the game. His 16 years of NBA experience will undoubtedly come in handy for this young Cavs roster looking to reach the playoffs.

While Rondo is no longer the player who led the Association in assists per game as he has done three times in his career, he may be the best option available for the Cavs without having to go their separate ways. more integral parts of their rotation.

Rajon Rondo must clear protocols before helping Cavs

Valentine had played 22 games so far this season for Cleveland, averaging just 9.3 minutes per game.

Rajon Rondo will need to clear the league’s health and safety protocols before he can help the Cavs. He was added to the list on December 26, which should allow his tracker to be available overnight. The Cavaliers’ next game is tonight, against the Atlanta Hawks, for whom Rondo won’t be able to dress.

Kevin Pangos, a 29-year-old guard in his first NBA season, has been replacing the Cavs since Rubio’s injury. A debutant against the Washington Wizards, Pangos scored two points and delivered six assists in 24 minutes of play.

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