Rajon Rondo to the Lakers? It is a possibility. With the purple and gold on course to have one of the NBA’s worst records this season, they are looking to strengthen up. But…..
RONDO TO LAKERS IN 2015 FREE AGENCY?
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is in the final year of his contract this season and when it ends – Rondo will be the hottest free agent going.
Word is the Los Angeles Lakers could go after him.
They need Bryant for television ratings, too. The Lakers had the fourth-highest local TV ratings in 2012-13, Bryant’s last full season, and a $4 billion deal with Time Warner to live up to. He’s the reason TNT and ESPN will still pick up a Lakers-Warriors game that might be over at halftime instead of Mavericks-Pelicans game that might actually be relevant. Stars drive ratings, and Kobe is still among the biggest in the sport.
But those reasons have nothing to do with basketball. 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’s Greg 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.
MAGIC THINKS LAKERS ARE PLAYING EXCITING BASKETBALL
It’s true. Don’t believe us, just check out the tweets below.
I know the Lakers are 0-5, but they are playing exciting basketball and Kobe is worth the price of admission.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 5, 2014
Some of the replies, in fact, all of the replies don not agree with that tweet. Can you blame them?
THEY’RE 0-5, DUDE.
BLATT WANTS LEBRON AND LOVE TO HAVE FIRST DIBS
Yep, we’re back to Cleveland again. Sorry. (You love it really).
Cavs coach David Blatt is reported to have said that he wants LeBron and Kevin Love to take the majority of the shots on offence. Kyrie Irving, the man of 2014 NBA All-Star and FIBA World Cup MVP fame I think might have other ideas.
Via the Akron Beacon Journal:
David Blatt tried to establish the Cavs’ food chain during Wednesday’s film session and team meeting. According to a source with knowledge of the meeting, Blatt essentially told the players that LeBron James and Kevin Love eat first and that it’s Kyrie Irving’s job as point guard to feed them. Irving can then find his own rhythm after the first two guys get going.
Yet when Wednesday’s game ended, Irving had 34 points, 0 assists and led the team in shots (23). Love, meanwhile, was 2-for-10. He didn’t have a basket after the first quarter and he only took five shots in the second half (missed them all). He did, however, go 9-for-11 from the free-throw line.
Here was Irving’s response when asked if only six assists is a concern: “No, no, no. We have great players on this team. Sometimes things happen in the game and you have to take it – me and Bron saw that at the end of the game. We gave guys ample opportunities, guys just weren’t hitting. Especially when we were going swing-swing action.” […] And here’s James: “There’s no way you can win a basketball game like that, just having six assists. We just can’t win like that. We have to figure out a way to help each other and not make it so tough.”
Uncle Drew has a bigger appetite than Wes and The King?