Rondo & Grizzlies Agree to Buyout; Return To Lakers Next Step

As we reported this past week, Rajon Rondo is set to make his return to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Rondo and the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a buyout, clearing the path for his Hollywood reunion. 

Rondo will clear waivers on Monday, and the Lakers are expected to sign Rondo to their final available roster spot. 

Rondo spent less than two weeks as a member of the Grizzlies, after he was obtained in a 4-player trade that included Patrick Beverley going to Memphis as well. Beverley has also already been moved on, as he's off to the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

On Thursday, we told you that ESPN's Ramona Shelburne suggested that if a buyout could be arranged, Rondo could very likely land back in LA, with the team he helped provide a steady off-the-bench presence for in 2020, leading to a Lakers NBA title. 

Rondo averaged 9 points and 6.6 assists in the 2020 playoffs for the Lakers, helping to earn his second championship. The 35-year-old will rejoin LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and become only the 6th oldest player on the team.

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