As a professional athlete the offseason after winning a championship can be a time to cash in. The incumbent champ will want to keep the player and other clubs will want the “championship pedigree” these players have and are willing to pay for it.
Such could be the case for Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The Lakers guards, fresh off winning an NBA title on Sunday are expected to both opt out of their current deals and enter free agency.
However The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania reports the Lakers are interested in bringing both guys back, and they should. KCP was not only the team’s third leading scorer in the postseason but also provided above average three point shooting at 37.8%, which was sorely needed for Lakers club that often struggled shooting the basketball.
Despite what the hosts of the Locked On Lakers podcast had to say Rajon Rondo was an integral piece to the Lakers title puzzle, particularly in the postseason ( yes Playoff Rondo is a thing), where he made countless big plays on offence and defence.