Kobe Bryant still wants Rajon Rondo on the Lakers
Kobe Bryant’s efforts to recruit Rajon Rondo to the Lakers are far from over.
Kobe and Rondo met for their Twitter-viral breakfast when the Lakers visited Boston last month. At that time the trade rumors were circulating involving the Celtics point guard. The Lakers made their offer for Rondo, but evidently it was their unwillingness to part ways with their no. 7 overall pick Julius Randle that made the deal fall through.
Rondo ended up with the Dallas Mavericks, in a role that’s fitting and a situation that allows him to compete in the postseason once again. He’s still going to explore as an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Kobe Bryant will be right there in his ear.
Bryant took particular interest in the late-December trade of Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks. He and Rondo had breakfast together when the Lakers were in Boston early last month, and it was widely assumed that Bryant was doing a little early recruiting on the point guard who becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.
While Mavericks owner Mark Cuban expressed confidence his club can and will sign Rondo to a new deal, Bryant told the Herald he’s not about to cease working on getting him to LA.
“No way,” Bryant said. “I’m not done. I’m not stopping until he signs an extension.”
It’s likely the Lakers are close to shutting Kobe down for the season, which could happen right after the All-Star break. From then on it becomes a matter of doing everything possible to give Kobe a reasonable supporting cast going into the final year of his contract. The Lakers might have a real chance to do so between the draft and free agency, but dominoes would have to fall miraculously for things to work in Kobe’s favor, which includes Rajon Rondo in a Laker uniform.