Clippers acquire Eric Bledsoe from Memphis

The Los Angeles Clippers wanted to upgrade the guard spot, and they are hoping they’ve done just that. Los Angeles acquired Eric Bledsoe from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo, and Daniel Oturu, the team announced on Monday.

“We are excited to add Eric, a strong, versatile guard and an established playmaker who can attack the paint and defend multiple positions,” said Clippers president of basketball operations, Lawrence Frank. “Eric started his career with the Clippers, and we’re delighted to bring him back.” 

Bledsoe, who the Pelicans traded to the Grizzlies in early August, returns to the Clippers after starting his career with the team. Last season, the 31-year-old averaged 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists for New Orleans.

Beverley, 33, appeared in 177 games over the last four seasons with the Clippers; last season, he averaged 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per contest. Beverley is a big-time defender and has been named to three All-Defensive teams in his career.

Rondo, 35, averaged 7.6 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 18 games with Los Angeles. The 6-foot-1 guard, who is a two-time NBA champion and four-time All-Star, came to the Clippers last December in the deal that sent Lou Williams to Atlanta. 

Oturu, 21, appeared in 30 games for the Clippers last season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 center played two seasons at the University of Minnesota.

For the Clippers, you get an athletic guard in Bledsoe, who is a decent scorer and solid defender. Regarding the Grizzlies, they are a young team, and adding veterans like Rondo and Beverley could be good, but they probably won’t keep both, so don’t be surprised if Rondo is re-routed elsewhere.

Hawks trade Rajon Rondo to Clippers for Lou Williams

The Atlanta Hawks have acquired guard Lou Williams, along with two second-round picks and cash considerations from the LA Clippers in exchange for guard Rajon Rondo, the team announced on Thursday.

The 34-year-old Williams is a native of Snellville, GA, and previously played for the Hawks from 2012-14.

“Being able to acquire a respected veteran in Lou Williams, one of the best scorers and playmakers off the bench in league history, and two second-round picks accomplished a couple of the goals we had,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk. “We are excited to see what Lou can add to our second unit as we try to finish this season strong.”

Rondo never could get things going with the Hawks this season. In 27 games, the 35-year-old Rondo averaged 3.9 ppg and 3.5 APG. 

The three-time winner of the NBA’s Sixth Man Award has appeared in 42 games (three starts) this season for the Clippers, averaging 12.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.1 rebounds in 21.9 minutes (.421 FG%, .378 3FG%, .866 FT%).

The Clippers get a proven winner in Rondo, who helped the Lakers capture an NBA title last season. The hope is “Playoff Rondo” shows up once again. The four-time All-Star, and two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team, could be a calming force for Los Angeles come playoff time. 

For the Hawks, they get a scorer and instant offense with Williams. They’re hoping he can help this team climb the standings in the Eastern Conference.

Hawks’ GM: ‘Rajon(Rondo) is an intense competitor, a proven winner and a true student of the game’

The Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent guard Rajon Rondo, the team announced today.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it a two-year, $15 million deal.

“Rajon is an intense competitor, a proven winner, and a true student of the game,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk. “His resume and experience speak for themselves. We’re excited to add him to our group.”

The 34-year-old Rondo, a two-time NBA champion (including in 2020 with the Lakers), four-time All-Star, and two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member, has led the NBA in assists three times and in steals once.

In 873 career regular season games (729 starts) with Boston, Dallas, Sacramento, Chicago, New Orleans, and the Los Angeles Lakers, he’s averaged 10.2 points, 8.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals in 31.0 minutes (.458 FG%, .316 3FG%, .606 FT%). The 6-foot-1 Rondo has 121 games of career postseason experience (105 starting assignments), averaging 13.3 points, 9.0 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 35.9 minutes (.444 FG%, .320 3FG%, .648 FT%).

Among active NBA players, the 14-year veteran ranks fourth in assists (7,215, 15th overall in NBA history) and sixth in steals (1,451).

The 21st overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by Phoenix, Rondo was traded to the Celtics on draft night. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors in 2010 and 2011, All-Defensive Second Team in 2009 and 2012, Third Team All-NBA in 2012, and Second Team All-Rookie in 2007.

Rondo is a proven winner and last season with the Lakers proved that. Now, he brings his winning mentally to a young Hawks team ready to next that step.

Rondo: ‘I’m ready to help develop Lonzo as much as possible’

After the signing of LeBron James, there’s an energy with the Lakers that we have not seen in a long time. Along the way, there will be many storylines to follow with the Lakers as the 2018-19 season approaches.

One of those many storylines is the point guard battle between the incumbent, Lonzo Ball and the challenger, Rajon Rondo, who was signed by the Lakers this summer. Ball, 20, is expected to be the starter, but according to Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, there would be an open competition for all positions except for whatever position LeBron James plays, so it should be interesting to see how that plays out.

According to Rondo, 32, he will do whatever he asks to do in Los Angeles, which includes helping with the development of Ball.

“Whatever they ask me, my main objective is to win. I’m ready to help develop Lonzo as much as possible,” Rondo told TMZ Sports. “If I’m not starting and he’s starting, he’s going to be ready to go and ready for anybody that comes his way. And we’ll be ready to roll.”

When asked if Ball could be the next Rondo, the four-time All-Star had this to say:

“He’s himself. We’re all individuals. He’s his own person. I’m pretty sure he wants to be better than me as he should at a young age. He has a lot of talent,” Rondo said.

The Rondo, Ball dynamic could get very interesting, especially if Rondo is outplaying Ball. Magic Johnson has been on record as saying he was hoping to find a mentor for Ball, and if everything goes as planned, Rondo could be that guy. Rondo and Ball have a similar skill set, so maybe Rondo can help Ball get to the next level.

Ray Allen fires back, then deletes post

Last night, the band got back together. Pierce, Perk, KG, Rondo, and Big Baby Davis, members of the 2008 Celtics, appeared on Area 21. However, a big piece was missing. Ray Allen was not there, and has been on the outs with the 2008 crew since he headed to Miami in 2013.

After it was over, Allen went to Facebook and posted this:

https://twitter.com/LeadingNBA_/status/861968278805127168

Allen would later delete the post.

2008 Celtics tell us why no Ray Allen at the reunion

The 2008 Celtics had a reunion. KG, Big Baby, Perk, Rondo and Pierce got together to talk about the good old days on Area 21.  The biggest question is where’s Ray Allen?

2008 Celtics address the issue.

Listen to what they had to say:

Rondo to play in game 5?

According to The Vertical, the Bulls’ Rajon Rondo will attempt to play in game five against the Celtics on Wednesday night. Rondo, who has a fractured right thumb, had his cast removed on Monday.

The Bulls-Celtics series is tied 2-2.

Will he be ready? Judge for yourself.

Rondo fined 25k for attempted trip of Jae Crowder

I guess the NBA did not believe Rondo’s explanation. Rajon Rondo was fined 25K for stretching, or excuse me, sticking out his foot as Jae Crowder was running past the Bulls’ bench on Friday.

Rondo gave this explanation on Friday:

“When you tear an ACL, your legs get stiff on you every once in a while. I stretched my leg out. I also do that throughout the game. I guess he was so deep into our bench, it looked maybe whatever may have happened.”

Rondo is out indefinitely after breaking his right thumb.

 

 

 

Is Rondo telling the truth?

The Bulls’ Rajon Rondo, due to a fractured right thumb, could not have an impact on the court in game three against the Celtics, but maybe he tried to make an impact while in street clothes. After a Jae Crowder jumper, Rondo stuck out his leg. Was it on purpose?

Here is Rondo’s explanation:

“When you tear an ACL, your legs get stiff on you every once in a while. I stretched my leg out. I also do that throughout the game. I guess he was so deep into our bench, it looked maybe whatever may have happened.”

The Bulls could have used Rondo on the court as the lost game three in Chicago 104-87. The Bulls now lead the series 2-1

Lets here what Rondo had to say: