Ex-Atlanta Hawks point guard Rajon Rondo has had an interesting 12 months in the NBA. He won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in the bubble. He then decided to maximize his value by getting the biggest contract he could.
This is when the Hawks stepped in and signed him to a two-year deal worth $16.5 million. Well, it is safe to say that he did not live up to this deal and this is why it was crucial that the Hawks traded him mid-season in order to get his salary off the books.
He was traded to the LA Clippers with the Hawks getting Lou Williams and a future second-round pick in return. It is safe to say that the Hawks won this trade with Sweet Lou resigning with the franchise for another season.
The Atlanta Hawks showed they were right to get rid of Rajon Rondo.
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Rondo finished the season out with the Clippers before they decided that it was better to get the talents of Eric Bledsoe. They traded Rondo to the Memphis Grizzlies along with Patrick Beverley. It then quickly emerged that Rondo was probably going to be waived and he was going to be looking for a new home.
That new home looks likely to be with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was a crucial part of their championship run. The good thing for Rondo is that playing with a group of veterans works so much better for him than playing with younger guys.
The question now needs to be asked, does Rondo going to the Lakers move the needle for them to win a championship? To put it bluntly, if the Lakers had signed this team four or five years ago then the answer is definitely yes. However, they appear to be too old now to get the job done.
The Hawks were quite smart by not even entertain the thought of re-signing him. They have such a good thing going and with the trade that landed the Delon Wright and drafting Sharife Cooper, they have no need for the veteran.