Rajon Rondo leaves Lakers for wine and gold


SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 30: Rajon Rondo #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on November 30, 2021 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday the team has acquired guard Rajon Rondo from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The deal came as part of a 3-team trade.

The New York Knicks received guard Denzel Valentine from Cleveland and draft rights to Wang Zhelin (57th pick in 2016 NBA Draft) and Brad Newley (54th pick in 2007 NBA Draft) and cash considerations from the Lakers. In addition, Los Angeles receives the draft rights to Louis Labeyrie (57th pick in 2014 NBA Draft) from New York.

Rondo (6-1, 180) played in 18 games for the Lakers this season.

Over his 16-year NBA career, he has appeared in 936 games (732 starts) with the Lakers, Clippers, Hawks, Pelicans, Bulls, Kings, Mavericks and Celtics, owning career averages of 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 30.1 minutes per contest.

His 7,481 assists rank 14th all-time in NBA history and are the fourth-most among active players.

The veteran guard has also led the league in assists three times (2012, 2013 and 2016) and steals once (2010) while registering 32 triple-doubles and 236 double-doubles over his career.

Rondo is a two-time NBA Champion (2008, 2020) and four-time NBA All-Star (2010-2013).

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