By – Aparajita Patel
Rajon Rondo, a 35-year-old point guard, leaped at the chance to return to the Los Angeles Lakers and lend his youth and enthusiasm to a championship-contending squad.
“I’m most pleased about not being the team’s oldest person anymore,” Rondo remarked, a small grin on his face. “I’m definitely in the bottom five now, so that’s a major jump for me because I was the oldest guy on the team two months ago, and now I’m considered one of the young ones. It’s something I’m looking forward to.”
The Lakers’ highly experienced front office revealed their latest deal with a 30-something veteran on Tuesday (August 31), re-signing Rondo for a one-year deal. Less than a year after playing a key role as a reserve and team leader on the Lakers’ 17th NBA championship squad, Rondo is back in purple and gold to give the same leadership in another title defense.
The Lakers have put together an impressive roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the upcoming season, which kicks off with training camp in four weeks.
Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard, and returnee Marc Gasol joined Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard, and returnee Marc Gasol in a deal with Washington.