Report: Rajon Rondo to opt out of contract with Lakers

Robert Marvi
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The Los Angeles Lakers’ chances of repeating as champs next season may have been dealt a blow.

Guard Rajon Rondo will opt out of the final year of his two-year contract to become an unrestricted free agent, according to’s Chris Sheridan.

“He’s definitely opting out,” a league source said.

Rondo, 34, was a key part of the Lakers’ run to their 17th NBA championship this season.

Not only did he bring the squad’s bench unit a ball-handler and floor general, but he also supplied the team with previous championship experience and a high basketball IQ.

On a team with no definitive third scorer, Rondo filled that role at times during the 2020 NBA Playoffs despite averaging just 7.1 points a game in the regular season.

He should be an attractive free agent for a young team that’s looking to take the next step and win its first championship.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.