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  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo will reportedly opt out of his contract with the Lakers and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Rondo was exceptional throughout the Lakers' championship run, so he's likely looking to cash in on that performance and sign a more lucrative contract. He signed with the team on the vet minimum and it would be surprising if he didn't receive a better offer in free agency. The Lakers could offer him up to six million per season using the Mid-Level Exception, but with a relative dearth of star free agents this offseason, Rondo may find himself as one of the hottest players on the market.

    Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo earned his second NBA title on Sunday (first with the Celtics) and made a tangible impact in Game 6 with 19 points on an impressive 8-of-11 shooting.

    Rondo knew that he didn't want this series to go to a decisive Game 7 and he made sure that the Lakers were able to ride a crazy 28-point first-half lead to victory. Rondo, who had been a quiet presence on the bench for most of the playoffs, really stepped up when his team needed him most in this series, highlighting how his high basketball I.Q. and his championship experience can and did become a difference-maker for the team.

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo put up a vintage performance on Friday, showing some of his championship-caliber flair with 16 points (5-of-9 FG, 3-of-4 FT), four rebounds, 10 dimes and three triples in 26 minutes off the bench.

    Rondo's championship experience is coming into play just at the right time. The consensus is that the Lakers are headed straight for another top-of-the-podium finish and it's just a matter of how many games it's going to take them to get it done. The Heat have not managed to solve their Laker problem and time is running out. It also doesn't help their cause when 12-year veterans like Rondo can just flip a switch and explode for a double-double like he did tonight.

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (eye) checked back into the game in the fourth quarter on Wednesday after getting hit in the eye.

    Rondo looked to be in some discomfort after getting hit in the eye but it was clearly nothing serious. He returned to the court to help try and close out Game 1.

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (eye) was hit in the eye near the end of the third quarter on Wednesday and looked shaken up, but was available to return.

    Rondo paused near center court and appeared to be in some discomfort. Up to the end of the third quarter he had given the Lakers a solid 18 minutes as he left the court with a plus-minus of +14.

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo handed out eight assists to go with his nine points on 4-of-10 shooting on Tuesday as the Lakers bowed to the Nuggets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

    Rondo added two boards and three steals to the box but also committed four turnovers and was called for four fouls in this one. His impact as a playmaker off the bench has been big for the Lakers, but they're going to need him to dig deep and come up with a bit more, especially when the Nuggets are taking their game into the stratosphere.

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo was a major distributor against the Nuggets on Sunday, finishing with nine assists, three points (1-of-3 FG), four rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal.

    Rondo's performance was hindered by five turnovers during his 21 minutes of action but he remains an important component for the Lakers as they can generate easy looks thanks to Rondo's creativity on the offensive side of the ball. Playoff Rondo has clearly regained his bonafides as an assist specialist. Whether he can complement that with a reliable jumper will vary from night-to-night. Kyle Kuzma also faced turnover headaches in this contest, wrapping things up with four turnovers to accompany eight points and three boards. With little going for him besides picking up the slack as an off the bench scorer, Kuzma is going to have a difficult time earning major minutes if he fails to score efficiently.

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers will use their usual starting lineup for Game 2 on Sunday, which means LeBron James (groin, ankle) and JaVale McGee will both be playing as usual.

    James was listed as probable, as he has been throughout the playoffs, so it's no shock to see him playing tonight. There was some thought that McGee might get benched for Dwight Howard but the Lakers will stick to their usual rotation after taking Game 1 with relative ease. The Lakers also had Rajon Rondo (probable) and Dion Waiters (doubtful) on the injury report, and we'd expect Rondo to play while Waiters does not.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rondo (back spasms) has been listed as probable for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.

    Rondo has been battling back spasms for the past few weeks and continues to pop up on the injury report. He played 22 minutes in Game 1 on Friday, scoring seven points to go with nine assists and two steals. While certainly not in the prime of his career, Rondo provides the Lakers with a more than adequate ball-handling option and his value to the team is certainly noteable.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dion Waiters
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dion Waiters (sore left groin) continues to battle an ongoing groin injury and has been listed as doubtful for Game 2 against the Nuggets on Sunday.

    Waiters has failed to have any real impact for the Lakers and his presence on the court is far from noteworthy. With Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso providing adequate guard production off the bench, Waiters is really nothing more than a spectator at this point.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (back spasms) will take part in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Nuggets on Friday.

    With Rondo available the Lakers will have all of their usual options available since play resumed in the bubble. He played a key role as the Lakers pulled away over the course of their five game series versus the Rockets, and it'll be interesting to see if he continues to thrive against the Nuggets. Undoubtedly, he will take a crack at trying to slow down Jamal Murray.

    Source: Harrison Faigen on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (back spasms) is officially questionable to face the Nuggets on Friday for the start of the WCF.

    Rondo fractured his thumb in practice in preparation for the restart but has had more trouble with his back since he returned to the Orlando bubble. If Rondo is unable to go, LeBron will be asked to do even more on offense while Alex Caruso could see a slight uptick in minutes. Continue to monitor the news as we will have an update prior to the 9:00 PM EST tip-off.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo turned back the clock on Tuesday as he finished with 21 points (8-of-11 FG, 2-of-2 FT), 9 assists, two rebounds and three triples in 30 minutes in a Game 3 win over the Rockets on Tuesday.

    If you didn't believe that Playoff Rondo was a real thing, well, here's your proof. He was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc tonight including a contested step back jumper. At one point he was carrying the Lakers offense until Anthony Davis and LeBron James got back into rhythm. This might be the best game that he'll have in the entire playoffs but the Lakers surely needed it tonight. He'll look to follow up his incredible performance on Thursday when the Lakers attempt to take a 3-1 series lead over the Rockets.

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo is not on the injury report ahead of Tuesday's Game 3 against the Rockets.

    Rondo has played in back-to-back games after missing the entire resumption period due to injury. He looked much better in Sunday's victory and certainly provided the Lakers with much-needed stability at the point guard position. His playing time could creep above 30 minutes based on what we have seen thus far and with a sizeable role headed his way, he makes for an interesting play in DFS formats.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dion Waiters
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dion Waiters (pulled left groin) will receive further tests on Monday to assess his availability for Game 3 against the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Waiters injured his groin after only three minutes on Sunday and there is a chance he misses Tuesday's game against the Rockets. There is no word on the severity of the injury and further testing should provide some clarity as to his status moving forward. His presence has little impact at this point with Rajon Rondo back in the lineup and playing a sizeable amount of minutes.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter