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posted 03-29-2021 11:40 AM
Rajon Rondo is returning to L.A. to compete for another championship; this time, the veteran point guard will be suiting up for the Clippers, who on Thursday continued to line up pieces in a way that they hope ends with the franchise’s first NBA title.
About a half-hour before the trade deadline hit, the Clippers brokered a deal to bring the 6-foot-1 Rondo from Atlanta in exchange for three-time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, two second-round picks and cash, according to multiple reports and confirmed by a league source.
Rondo, 35, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Atlanta as a free agent prior to this season, when the Clippers were said to have wanted to sign him. Williams, 34, is on an expiring $8 million contract.
Williams – who this season is averaging 12.1 points and 3.4 assists – returns to Georgia, where he grew up, and to the Hawks, for whom he played for two seasons between 2012-2014.
So it’s worth noting that Lakers star LeBron James, who described Rondo as a “mastermind,” last season spoke of his ability not just to see things happening on the court, but to turn that perception into action.
“Being able to make adjustments on the fly and being able to see how defenses are playing, and being able to see how the game is being played and being able to see how the flow of the game is being played – there’s not many guys that can do that in our league and in the postseason,” James said. “It’s gigantic.”
So far this season, Rondo has had a much smaller impact on the Hawks. In 27 games, Rondo averaged just 3.9 points, 3.5 assists and 2 rebounds and is shooting 40.0% from the floor and 37.8% from 3-point range this season.
But the Louisville native is known for playoff prowess. In 121 career playoff games, he’s averaged 13.3 points, 9 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game, play that’s inspired talk of an alter-ego: “Playoff Rondo.”
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