Rajon Rondo said as much when he appeared on Wednesday’s NBA Countdown on ESPN. He stated it about as clearly as he could at the 6:30 mark of the interview: if the Lakers don’t have a head coach soon, he isn’t interested in returning to the team. “At this point in my career, a head coach is big for me,” Rondo said. “It’s all about a relationship. So if they don’t have one, it’s a no go for me.” In a vacuum, this would not be the worst thing to hear. The Lakers probably don’t plan to bring Rondo back next season anyway. Lonzo Ball is the starting point guard of the future, and Alex Caruso earned a backup job with his strong play down the stretch. The Lakers aren’t going to make a major investment in a non-shooting point guard that is aging quickly.
August 17, 2022 | 3:36 pm EDT Update
LeBron James is ineligible to be traded during the upcoming 2022-23 season because the second year of his extension exceeds a 5% raise. The Lakers could have north of $20 million in salary-cap space in the 2023 offseason and would have the ability to sign a third max contract player in the 2024 offseason. The player options increase salary-cap space if players decline them, and yet remain on new deals.
Bobby Marks: Despite meeting the no trade criteria (8 years in the NBA and 4 with LA), James was not allowed to include a no trade clause. In his previous extension, James did not have a no trade (he wasn’t allowed to at the time) and was prohibited from including it in his new contract.
Brian Lewis: The #Nets – following Kevin Durant’s trade request – have seen their nationally-televised games on ABC, ESPN and TNT – slashed in half from last season, from 26 down to 13. They go from five ABC tilts down to just one. #NBA
David Hardisty: This is awesome. The Rockets gave away tickets to their first preseason game to an entire elementary school, including staff. Imagine being a kid and experiencing this.