The Los Angeles Lakers appear to be preparing for one last title push with Kobe Bryant, with rumors that the team is looking to make a splash in free agency as it prepares for Kobe’s exit.
The Lakers finished at the bottom of the Western Conference last season, and with many believing that Kobe has only a year left, the Lakers appear to be trying to help him go out with a bang.
As Hoops Habit notes, Los Angeles Lakers rumors indicate that they could be targeting a onetime rival:
“Enter Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. With rumblings regarding a trade request for years, ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan said that the 10-year veteran has asked to be moved, and won’t re-sign with Boston next year in free agency.”
“Rondo’s camp has since denied the request and made it clear that he wants to remain with the team. With the addition of Marcus Smart and being far removed from a playoff team, the Celtics are heading for a rebuild. Being one of the NBA’s most competitive players, Rondo is likely looking to find a team that can get him back in the postseason.”
Rajon Rondo faced off against the Los Angeles Lakers twice in the NBA Finals, winning in 2008, but losing in 2010.
Rondo is still recovering from an ACL tear, an injury that some insiders say is keeping the Boston Celtics from committing to him long-term. The guard is also due for what will likely be the last contract of his career and could command money the Celtics are unwilling to spend.
Other Los Angeles Lakers rumors point to a big free agency move. The team is reportedly targeting Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, who has been locked in contract negotiations with Phoenix and could opt to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.