Rajon Rondo made quite an impact for the Cleveland Cavaliers this year following his mid-season trade from the Los Angeles Lakers. Unfortunately, injuries got in the way, and the two-time NBA champ was not able to really play a major role for the Cavs down the stretch.
Rondo’s current deal will come to an end this season and he is set to hit free agency in the summer. The Cavs are reportedly looking to beef up their backcourt, but according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Rondo may not be on their radar at the moment:
For the second consecutive offseason, Cleveland’s front office will prioritize the addition of a competent backup point guard — either in the draft, free agency or trade. President of basketball operations Koby Altman spoke about the importance of keeping some quality veterans around the budding young core. Even though there was some early chatter about the possibility of Rondo being a fit and [Darius] Garland recently spoke about Rondo’s helpful mentorship, multiple sources tell cleveland.com the chances of Rondo re-signing were always slim because of his age, inconsistent play and lack of availability down the stretch.
Rondo is going to be 37 next season and it is clear at this point that his health has become a major issue. Rondo played just 21 games for the Cavs this past season due to a handful of injuries and while he may have had a positive impact on the team when he was on the floor, it sounds like Cleveland’s front office feels that this is all not worth the trouble.