Rajon Rondo commerce grades: Lakers clear roster spot in reported commerce with the Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Rajon Rondo.

Based on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have agreed to ship Rondo to the Cavs in alternate for Denzel Valentine.

Los Angeles is anticipated to waive Valentine’s partially-guaranteed deal to create an additional roster spot.

The Cavs had been available in the market for a brand new level guard as soon as Ricky Rubio was dominated out of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee on Tuesday. 

Rondo, who was in search of a much bigger function will now assume many of the minutes left behind by Rubio.

Rondo is in his sixteenth season, averaging 3.1 factors, 3.7 assists in 18 appearances for the Lakers. Rondo is at the moment within the league’s well being and security protocols.

Commerce Grades


This was a transfer out of necessity for the Cavs, who had been in determined want of guard assist after Rubio’s season-ending damage. Along with Rubio, Cleveland is already with out Collin Sexton, who’s out for the season with a torn meniscus and the transfer comes whereas Darius Garland is within the well being and security protocols.

Bringing in Rondo addresses the necessity for playmaking and provides a veteran presence to a younger locker room of a crew that has actual aspirations to make noise within the postseason.

Nearly as good because the Rondo addition is in concept, he is not essentially the participant he as soon as was — he is in his sixteenth season, shall be 36 in February and his averages do not essentially leap off the web page. Rondo will present invaluable management and tutelage to Garland and as soon as the playoffs come, remains to be able to making massive performs as he did throughout the Lakers’ title run in 2020.

Grade: B


Not a lot to see right here for LA, which simply frees up a roster spot with the transfer.

The Lakers might make one thing occur with their free roster spot as they seek for solutions to show round a largely disappointing season. They might signal a participant like Stanley Johnson to a regular NBA contract or take again extra gamers if normal supervisor Rob Pelinka has a much bigger transfer up his sleeve.

Seeing the way it does not transfer the needle a lot, both manner, there’s not an excessive amount of to write down house about simply but.

Grade: C+

— Gilbert McGregor (@GMcGregor21)

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