It appears that Rajon Rondo will test his value in free agency, as he opted out of his player option with the Lakers. Could a Rajon Rondo reunion be the perfect fit for the Boston Celtics next season?
Rondo is now the only player in NBA history to win a ring with the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics. Second to do so with the Celtics and Lakers franchises, yes the LA Lakers only have 12 championships (Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). Anyway, the 34-year old point guard spent nine seasons with the Celtics before getting traded to Dallas at the trade deadline back in the 2013-2014 NBA Season. It’s no secret that Rondo played a huge role in the Lakers championship this season as a primary ball-handler and quarterbacking the offense even with LeBron James on the court.
We know what he brings to the table, so how about a Rajon Rondo reunion with the Celtics next season?
If you’re thinking, “ahh Rondo is going to want to come in and run this offense his way and take away opportunities from Kemba or the Jay’s.” Rewatch a few of those Finals games and see how he is able to get shooters open and make the perfect pass and tell me you don’t want that with our second unit.
The good thing about Rondo is, he’s a cheap, skilled playmaker, and brings veteran leadership with now two rings. Coming off his last contract of $2.56 million, it’s possible that the Celtics could sign for a similar amount, leaving a few million to sign a sharpshooter at the vet-minimum. It may have to be for the Mid Level Exception after the way he played in the Bubble.
A Rajon Rondo reunion with the Celtics next season could happen by not bringing back Brad Wanamaker. Boston could also renounce the rights to their non-guaranteed contracts like Semi Ojeleye. Maybe move Vincent Poirier? The bench unit could look something like this:
- Rajon Rondo
- Marcus Smart
- Grant Williams
- Robert Williams III
- Onyeka Okongwu (Draft)
- Carsen Edwards/Romeo Langford
Regular Season Rajon
2019-2020: 20.5 mpg 7.1 PPG, 5 APG, 3 RPG, 0.8 SPG (42%/33%/66%)
Career: 31 mpg 10.2 PPG, 8.3 APG, 4.7 RPG, 1.7 SPG (46%/32%/61%)
2020: 24 mpg 8.9 PPG, 6.6 APG, 4.3 RPG, 1.4 SPG (46%/40%/68%)
Career: 35.9 mpg 13.3 PPG, 9.0 APG, 5.9 RPG, 1.8 SPG (44%/32%/65%)
In far fewer minutes, Rondo puts up similar numbers on the stat sheet, he’s still got it. Rondo has added the three-pointer to his arsenal as we saw in the Bubble.
Will Boston sign Rajon Rondo?
There are plenty of options out there, but Rondo is a specialty player where his impact is greater than his statistical averages. But would the Celtics really sign Rajon Rondo?
I don’t really know for sure, but I know that Danny Ainge has a lot to think about in this short offseason. This team is good but needs to address its bench production. A Rajon Rondo reunion with the Celtics next season could be the perfect fit to make a run for Banner 18.