Golden State Warriors sign Demarcus Cousins, Lakers add Rondo

Golden State Warriors sign Demarcus Cousins, Lakers add Rondo

Golden State Warriors sign Demarcus Cousins, Lakers add Rondo

The Lakers, though, are trying to maintain cap flexibility moving forward.

The young power forward played extremely well in 2017-18 and likely could've been a good fit next to LeBron James.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Rondo has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 8.3 points, 8.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 65 games for New Orleans last season.

New Orleans was hoping to re-sign Rondo, but he agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with the Lakers on Monday.

Since signing James to a four-year, $153.3 million deal on Sunday, the Lakers have also reached agreements with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee, according to ESPN reports.

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Despite losing Randle's defensive abilities, the Lakers have managed to upgrade their defense in the past 48 hours. The Lakers become Rondo's sixth team. Depth was a concern at the position. His progress was slow and unsteady in his first three seasons in the National Basketball Association (he missed his entire rookie season after breaking his leg in the season opener), but he made significant strides in 2017-18, when he averaged 16.1 points and 8 rebounds.

It's unclear what Rondo's addition means for point guard Lonzo Ball, who started 50 of 52 games for the Lakers last season as a rookie.

During the NBA Finals, James frequently mentioned he felt it was necessary to play with high basketball IQ players in order to compete with teams like the two-time defending champion Warriors. The two did not play together at Kentucky, but both played their college ball under John Calipari.

The move comes a day after the blockbuster deal that landed LeBron James with the Lakers.

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