The Los Angeles Lakers are getting a boost with the return of veteran point guard Rajon Rondo, who hasn’t played a game since Christmas Day due to a hand injury.
Rondo is expected to make his return later this week and Lakers’ forward Brandon Ingram sees Rondo’s return as a major boost to the team moving forward.
“It gives us a leader,” Ingram said. “It gives us a leader on the basketball floor who puts us in our spots on the offensive end and pushes the pace. He can score the basketball. It just makes our team better.”
Lakers head coach Luke Walton discussed Rondo’s status.
“I think Rondo will play Thursday as long as he continues to move with no setback until then” Walson said. “That’ll be something that we’ll keep pushing him, and we’ll re-evaluate each morning.”
Lakers’ Optimistic About Kyrie Irving
After the acquisition of Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers are feeling pretty good about their chances of landing another high-profile free agent.
According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, a source close to Lakers’ star LeBron James said that the Lakers were optimistic that they can land point guard Kyrie Irving, prior to the Davis deal.
While the Davis deal could have changed things for the Lakers, it may not completely rule out the addition of Irving as well.
According to The Athletic’s David Aldridge, Irving has expressed a desire to play with Davis.
Magic Johnson Says Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka Betrayed Him
Johnson, appearing on ESPN’s First Take on Monday, pointed the finger of blame at Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who he said betrayed him during his tenure, and took to task during his appearance on the show.
Lakers, Tyronn Lue End Talks
The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue have ended their talks about bringing Lue on as the next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.
Per reports, Lue and his representatives turned down the Lakers’ offer on Tuesday, which is believed to have been a 3-year deal worth $18 million, prompting Lue to pull out of negotiations.
Lue was reportedly seeking a five-year deal with a salary commensurate with a championship resume.
Additionally, the Lakers had proposed a number of scenarios involving their preferred selections for assistant coaches, including former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, who has been tied to the Lakers organization in recent months.
Additionally, Lue was part of Lakers championships in 2000 and 2001.
Lakers adviser Kurt Rambis and general manager Rob Pelinka had interviewed Kidd for the head-coaching position, and from those discussions they became convinced that Kidd should be a key member of a Lue coaching staff.
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