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Cleveland: Rondo to replace Rubio?

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 11:17 AM

According to ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to recruit Rajon Rondo, currently at the Lakers, to replace point guard Ricky Rubio, who is absent until the end of the season.

A ninth franchise for Rajon Rondo? According to the always well-informed Adrian Wojnarowski ofESPN, the 35-year-old point guard would be very close to joining Cleveland, coming from the Lakers. The Cavaliers lost their major player Ricky Rubio earlier this week, author of 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists since his arrival this summer and great architect of the franchise’s unexpected first part of the season. from Ohio, currently fifth in the Eastern Conference. The Spaniard ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against New Orleans and will be out until the end of the season. To replace him, the Cavs would like to enlist Rajon Rondo, who is running at 3.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 16 minutes with the Lakers since the start of the season. An agreement should be found this Friday, still according to ESPN, but Cleveland must first make room in its roster by cutting a player.

Seven franchises in seven years for Rondo

Rondo signed with the Lakers for a season and $ 2.6 million on August 31, becoming the seventh All Star player to join the California franchise (after Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis, LeBron James and DeAndre Jordan). But before flying to Ohio, the Kentucky native will have to exit the covid protocol, which he entered last Sunday. While he had spent eight years in Boston (2006-14) after his draft in 21st position and was crowned with the Celtics in 2008, Rondo then multiplied the franchises. He went through Dallas (2014-15), Sacramento (2015-16), Chicago (2016-17), New Orleans (2017-18), the Lakers (2018-20) where he won his second ring in the bubble d ‘Orlando, Atlanta (2020-21), the Clippers (2021) and therefore the Lakers again since this summer. With his arrival, Cleveland would find an experienced leader in his quest for the play-offs, which they have not reached since the departure of LeBron James. In their next three games, the Cavs will face Atlanta, Indiana and Memphis.

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