2. Rajon Rondo
Rob Pelinka was trying to recreate the center rotation that the Los Angeles Lakers had when they won the NBA Championship in 2020. He also was seemingly trying to re-create some of that same culture as that team as he brought back several players from the 2020 team, including Rajon Rondo.
Rondo, who is currently on the COVID-19 list, has been absolutely woeful this season. There is always the hope that playoff Rondo will show up and for that reason, some fans may want to hold onto Rondo but the fact of the matter is that he was really bad in the playoffs for the Los Angeles Clippers last season.
Sure, playoff Rondo could show up but we have to go off of the most recent track record and that track record is awful. Rondo does not really add anything to this Lakers team, especially considering it is a team full of veterans that cannot even get much from his veteran experience.
Russell Westbrook is going to get a lot of the point guard minutes and the Lakers are better off giving Rondo’s minutes to other players. As bad as he has been this season, it makes more sense for THT to be the de facto point guard when Westbrook is off the floor. That is where THT is at his best and that could be part of the reason why he is struggling.
With other young guards such as Austin Reaves and Kendrick Nunn, who still has not played this season but could still come back, there is no place in the rotation for Rondo at all.
Heck, after writing this entire article Shams Charania reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious talks to obtain Rajon Rondo, only hammering all of these points home.