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The Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly push hard to land Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo in free agency next summer, according to Sports Illustrated.
The Lakers have started the season with a 0-5 record and appear set to struggle throughout the year after losing both Steve Nash and Julius Randle for the season while Nick Young is still sidelined with an injury.
As a result, that has heaped all the pressure and responsibility on Kobe Bryant’s shoulders, with the veteran guard averaging around 37 shots per game.
While the likes of Jeremy Lin and Ed Davis have led the support cast, it hasn’t been enough for the franchise to avoid their worst start to a season in many years, and it has led to questions regarding what they can do to fix the problem.
According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, in addition to targeting Detroit Pistons star Greg Monroe, the Lakers could also be looking at Rondo to add some star quality but also to help make the Lakers competitive in a key position.
“There is one player who makes sense in LA next season: Rajon Rondo. Several rival executives believe the Lakers will make a strong run at Rondo next summer, and it’s easy to see why,” Mannix noted.
“Rondo is young (28), plays a critical position and shares the same win-at-all-bleeping-cost attitude as Bryant. The Celtics are rebuilding and have a young playmaker in Marcus Smart, which may limit their desire to hand Rondo max money.
It remains to be seen what the Lakers opt to do next summer with Bryant still having one year left on his big-money contract. Rondo wouldn’t solve all their issues, but he would certainly provide the type of competitive nature that Bryant loves, and so it may well be a popular choice.
However, if Monroe also arrives and Randle makes a full recovery ahead of the new campaign, the question still remains over whether or not it is enough to regard the Lakers as a playoff level team.