The Atlanta Hawks have continued their clear effort to improve their roster around Trae Young. After beginning NBA free agency by signing Danilo Gallinari, they followed it up by bringing in Rajon Rondo.
According to the ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks are signing Rondo to a two-year $15 million contract. Atlanta was previously viewed as the frontrunner to land the veteran point guard— resulting in an actual signing.
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, even before free agency. The main example being the trade for Clint Capela from the Houston Rockets and then using the No. 6 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to bring in Onyeka Okongwu. 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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