Pelinka says Rondo, Ball will compete for starting PG spot

Lonzo Ball has not been made available in trade talks, an NBA source tells Amico Hoops.

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka says outside of LeBron James, the team’s starting lineup will be an open competition during training camp.

Specifically at point guard, Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball will be competing to earn the starting spot.

Rondo signed a one-year, $9 million free agent deal with the Lakers. He spent this past season with the New Orleans Pelicans and averaged 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 8.2 assists, shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.

During the playoffs, Rondo took his game to another level. He posted 10.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 12.2 assists per game and helped the Pelicans sweep the Portland Trail Blazers in the first-round.

Rondo says he’s not worried about who starts and is looking forward to co-existing with Ball.

“I’m not so much caught up in starting and things like that,” Rondo said. “I’m caught up in just winning a championship. From what I’ve seen of Lonzo, I’m excited to get a player at that age and try to help him as much as I can, as far as understanding the game and getting his game up to speed at a high level. Especially with the amount of pressure now the organization has every night, we’re going to get guys’ best shots. As far as understanding that night in and night out, that’s what separates good players from the great players.”

Ball, who has a torn meniscus in his left knee, is expected to be ready for training camp. Ball played in 52 games during his rookie season and averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists, shooting 36.0 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from three.