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Reports: Rajon Rondo likely to sign with Los Angeles Lakers after buyout

Rajon Rondo will reportedly return for his second stint with the Lakers after receiving a buyout from the Grizzlies.

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Rajon Rondo will reportedly return for his second stint with the Lakers after receiving a buyout from the Grizzlies.

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly frontrunners to sign veteran point guard Rajon Rondo after he agreed to a buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to multiple reports.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Saturday that Rondo, who was traded to Memphis by the LA Clippers on Aug. 16, will clear waivers by Monday, at which point he is expected to sign with the Lakers.

It would mark Rondo’s second tour of duty with the Lakers, following a two-year stint that culminated in 2020 with the second championship of his career.

Rondo signed with Atlanta as a free agent the following month, and was traded to the Clippers midway through the 2020-21 campaign after an uneventful 27-game run with the Hawks.

Rondo, 35, averaged 7.6 points and 5.8 assists with the Clippers before they traded him as well, sending him to the Grizzlies earlier this month as part of a package to acquire Eric Bledsoe.

Rondo is averaging 10 points and 8.1 assists entering his 16th NBA season.

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