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Cavaliers nearing deal for Lakers guard Rajon Rondo

/ 03:07 PM January 01, 2022
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FILE–Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to complete a deal to acquire Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo as soon as Friday, ESPN reported.

According to the report, the Cavaliers will need to open a roster spot to make room for Rondo. Their options include sending a minimum-contract player to Los Angeles, waiving a player, or giving the Lakers cash or a second-round draft pick in exchange.

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Cleveland has a trade exception that allows the team to absorb Rondo’s $2.6 million salary, per the report.

The Cavaliers lost another veteran playmaker, Ricky Rubio, to a torn ACL in his left knee earlier this week.

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Rondo, 35, has been in the NBA’s health and safety protocol since Sunday and has not played since Dec. 23.

The four-time All-Star is averaging 3.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 18 games off the bench this season, his 16th NBA campaign.

A two-time NBA champion, Rondo owns career averages of 9.8 points, 8.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 936 games with eight teams.

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