The Los Angeles Lakers are going to be a popular free-agent destination for veterans chasing rings after acquiring Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade this past weekend.
Considered favorites to win the NBA title, these Lakers will also have about $24 million in cap room to attract free agents.
It’s in this that veteran guard Rajon Rondo would reportedly like to return to the Lakers.
“In the case of Rondo, because he played for them last season, he would be difficult for them to bring back. I think first they want to look to other players, like Seth Curry, for example,” Broderick Turner of the LA Times reported, via ESPN 710 in Los Angeles. “Someone like that. There’s a lot of guys out there that they would look at, but Rondo is the one that I’m sure they want to bring him back because he played with AD in New Orleans, he played with LeBron James, he improved as a 3-point shooter, and he’s a leader, and he’s a winner, and he wants to return.”
Turner mentions the lesser-known Curry who might be seen as an upgrade over Rondo.
Though, the Lakers are also expected to make a move for former All-NBA Defensive Team standout Patrick Beverley.
Los Angeles was also linked to Kyrie Irving. However, that’s changed with the team not having enough cap room to offer up a max contract.
Rondo, 33, averaged 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists while shooting just 41 percent from the field las season.
The Lakers would prefer someone with a better outside shot to man the point guard position.