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REPORT: Lakers To Pursue Rajon Rondo In Free Agency

Things are not looking good for the Lakers. After losing their seventh overall pick Julius Randle to broken leg in the first game of the season, the Lakers are off to a 0-5 start. Kobe Bryant is back and has proven that he can still play at an elite level, but the league has changed drastically since LeBron’s decision in 2010, we are in the superteam era, Bryant can average 40 points per game and the Lakers may still miss the playoffs in the West.

The Lakers missed out on many free agents this off-season, however, they are reportedly already looking towards the free agency of 2015 in which they will pursue Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. The All-Star point guard is the only player left from the 2008 Celtics team that defeated Kobe and the Lakers in the NBA Finals. Rondo wants a max deal from Boston, but it is unlikely that he will get that as the Celtics drafted point guard Marcus Smart sixth overall in the this years draft. Rondo could be a great fit for the Lakers and help turn things around for them as he is one of the best point guards in the league.

Via Sports Illustrated:

The Lakers are looking down the barrel of a difficult rebuild. They could have $30-plus million in cap space next summer, and there are players they can wave it at. They could make a creative, Chandler Parsons-style offer to a restricted free agent (LA-born Kawhi Leonard, OKC’s Reggie Jackson), they could throw a max offer at Detroit’sGreg Monroe or Memphis’ Marc Gasol and they could also hope that the handful of players with options for ’15-16 (Al Jefferson, Brook Lopez) opt out and look in their direction.

There is one player who makes sense in LA next season: Rajon Rondo. Several rival executives believe the Lakers will make a strong run at Rondo next summer, and it’s easy to see why. Rondo is young (28), plays a critical position and shares the same win-at-all-bleeping-cost attitude as Bryant. The Celtics are rebuilding and have a young playmaker in Marcus Smart, which may limit their desire to hand Rondo max money.

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