Lakers Rumors: Rajon Rondo plans on making his debut Sunday vs. Raptors

The Los Angeles Lakers are on a roll proper now, having received their final seven video games, together with Friday’s matchup with the No. Three seed Miami Warmth. On Sunday, they almost definitely shall be including Rajon Rondo to the occasion.

In response to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports activities, Rondo is predicted to make his common season debut for the Lakers on Sunday, when the group hosts the reigning champion Toronto Raptors. Rondo has missed everything of the common season with a stress response in his left ankle.

Right here’s extra on the Lakers’ plans for Rondo main as much as Sunday, per Haynes:

The 13-year veteran is predicted to undergo a last exercise on the group’s follow facility on Saturday in preparation for his return, sources stated.

Excluding DeMarcus Cousins — who is predicted to overlook the rest of the season after struggling a torn ACL in August — the Lakers can have a clear harm report for the primary time this season if Rondo is cleared to play (and nobody else will get harm) earlier than Sunday. Whereas that’s clearly a very good factor from a pure well being standpoint, it may create issues for Vogel, who was simply beginning to type one thing that resembled a stable rotation.

Having Rondo again within the combine signifies that somebody goes to lose minutes. The one challenge with that’s that each level guard on the roster has had a optimistic impression on the group so far, together with Quinn Prepare dinner, who’s second on the group in offensive score, and Alex Caruso, who leads the Lakers in defensive score. The truth is, Troy Daniels is the one guard on the group that doesn’t have a positing internet score (-4.3).

Rondo might need extra expertise than the 2 aforementioned guards — particularly expertise enjoying with Anthony Davis and LeBron James — however there’s actually nothing that he presents the Lakers that Prepare dinner, Caruso or Avery Bradley don’t outdoors of “veteran-ism” and the occasional spotlight go.

We’ll see how Vogel integrates Rondo into the rotation if the 33-year-old is cleared to play on Sunday, and who will get a chunk taken out of their enjoying time consequently.

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