Guard Rajon Rondo said goodbye to the Los Angeles Lakers in an Instagram post on Saturday, ending a two-year run in Los Angeles that included an NBA title last season.
Rondo, who had a $ 2.6 million player option for the 2020-21 season, thanked the entire Lakers organization while openly wondering “what’s next” for the 15th season in the NBA.
“I thank the Lakers, Jeanie and Rob for giving me the opportunity to play for an amazing franchise,” Rondo said in his post. “The professionalism and support of Frank, the coaching and support staff is something for which I am really grateful. There is an amazing brotherhood with my boys that only we know. To the fans … thank you for welcoming me with open arms from Day 1
“And now what’s next …”
Rondo, who turns 35 in February, averaged 8.9 points, 6.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 16 games after the season – including a 19-point effort in Game 6 of the NBA Finals when the Lakers won Miami Heath to win the NBA Championship. In 48 games of the regular season, he averaged 7.1 points and 5.0 assists per game.
After entering the league in 2006 as the 21st overall pick of the Boston Celtics, Rondo played for six teams during his career, including Dallas, Sacramento, Chicago, New Orleans and the Lakers.
The Lakers on Friday added the ruling sixth man of the year to their upcoming title defense, agreeing to agree Friday with free agent Montrel Harel, who has spent the last three seasons with the LA Clippers.