NBA guard Rajon Rondo took to Instagram earlier today to say goodbye to the Los Angeles Lakers. Now according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rondo agreed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
Atlanta Hawks are determined to strengthen their defense next season, bringing in Rondo, who will be entering his 15th season in the best basketball league, and Kris Dunn on a two-year deal too.
Earlier on Saturday, Rajon Rondo, who had a $2.6 million player option for the following season, thanked the entire Lakers organization for his two years spent at the team capped by an NBA title last season while also wondering “what’s next” for a 15th NBA season in a row.
However, that question was answered shortly.
Throughout his entire career, which dates back to 2006 when he entered the league as the 21st overall pick of the Boston Celtics, Rondo has played for total of six teams. He started for the Celtics then moved to Dallas, Sacramento, Chicago, New Orleans and the Lakers.
Even though he is a veteran, there are multiple reasons contending teams continue to pursue him. And that’s leadership plus championship pedigree.
Both were on display during the Lakers’ title run in 2020.
According to ESPN:
“Playoff Rondo” improved his stats across the board from the regular season to the postseason, from points (7.1 to 8.9) to field goal percentage (42% to 46%) to PER (12.4 to 16.8). And the four-time All-Star continued to run the point effectively with 105 assists in the playoffs, all off the bench, the most in a single postseason since starters were first tracked in 1970-71, per Elias Sports Bureau research.
Overall, he has 1,086 career playoff assists, the sixth most in NBA history behind Magic Johnson, LeBron James, John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Tony Parker. And his 7,215 career assists rank 15th in league history.