The Atlanta Hawks made a point guard signing earlier in NBA free agency with former Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn being the latest addition of the team. That raised the assumption that Rajon Rondo would not be an option but that isn’t the case.
According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Hawks are still ‘widely regarded’ as the frontrunners to sign Rondo. It was also mentioned how the Los Angeles Clippers remain in the hunt to sign the veteran point guard.
During the 2019-20 NBA season, Rondo played an important role for the Los Angeles Lakers primarily off the bench. In 48 regular-season appearances, he averaged 20.5 minutes, 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists.
The Hawks have made an effort to add veteran talent recently— the main example being the trade for Clint Capela from the Houston Rockets. Signing a veteran like Rondo would only help further their progress as a team.
The Lakers opted to move on from Rondo by trading for Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder. By executing such a deal for a finalist for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, Los Angeles no longer needed to bring back Rondo— creating a real opportunity for the Atlanta Hawks.
Due to Rajon Rondo’s track record of winning NBA championships and revamped image, there will be no shortage of interested suitors. The Atlanta Hawks appear to be one of those teams when considering they’re trying to turn things around to move up the Eastern Conference.
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