In what is expected to be another trying year for Celtics fans, as their team will undoubtedly endure another 20-30 win season, one recurring story line is the fate of guard Rajon Rondo and how long he will remain in Boston.
And according to one report, it is their longtime rivals who have their sights set on the lone holdover from the 2008 NBA champions.
Multiple league executives believe that the Los Angeles Lakers will “make a strong run at Rondo next summer,” when the 28-year-old becomes an unrestricted free agent, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.
Rondo has gotten off to a strong start in 2014-15, averaging 8 points, 11.7 assists, and 8.7 rebounds per game over the Celtics first three contests, including a 13-point, 12-rebound performance in the C’s Opening Night win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Getting a lottery pick for the first time since 2007, the Celtics used their No. 6 overall pick to take Marcus Smart, a point guard who is a defensive wiz, but no doubt has room to improve as an NBA player.
Rondo has made it clear he wishes to attain a max contract, one the Celtics may be hesitant to offer after just using a top-6 pick on a point guard.
The Lakers are currently in a tailspin, starting the season 0-5 for the first time in almost 60 years. Their roster consists of Kobe Bryant who, while still playing a high level, isn’t getting any younger, and not much else, meaning a run at Rondo – a perennial All-Star point guard – could be part of the answer to bail out their sinking ship sooner rather than later.