The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to acquire a point guard this summer and they will reportedly prioritise Rajon Rondo over Goran Dragic in free agency.
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The Lakers will likely have around $30m in salary cap space after their roster moves this season, and they have committed to bringing in a high-profile name to not only boost their chances of getting back into the playoffs, but also to reward their fans after two difficult seasons.
With Kobe Bryant set to retire after next season, the organisation know that they need to find another superstar and rebuild to become competitive again, and they will certainly be in the mix for the top names in free agency again this summer.
It is no secret that they tried to recruit both Rondo and Dragic before the trade deadline in February, but with Rondo choosing the Dallas Mavericks and Dragic picking the Miami Heat, both individuals wanted an immediate chance of winning a championship.
The Lakers could be a real option this summer though but it looks as though Rondo will be top of the list.
“It could be Bryant’s final season, and the franchise does not want to send him off with yet another rebuilding year, though that might be in the best long-term interest of the team,” Sean Deveney of the Sporting News wrote.
“Assuming the Lakers stay in win-soon mode, it is a safe bet that they will go hard after the two top point guards on the market, with Bryant’s pal Rajon Rondo at the head of the list and Goran Dragic behind him.”
It would seem as though Rondo would be the more realistic option given that he hasn’t been the perfect fit in Dallas, while Dragic looks at home in Miami alongside Dwyane Wade with Chris Bosh to return next season.
Coupled with Rondo’s close relationship with Bryant, it would come as no surprise if the former Boston Celtics star is dressing up in the purple and gold next year.