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Rajon Rondo says he’s not really concerned with who is going to start at point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers this season and is more focused on helping the team win as many games as possible.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in July that outside of LeBron James, the team’s starting lineup will be an open competition during training camp. Specifically at point guard, Rondo and Lonzo Ball will be competing to earn the starting spot.
Rondo, who signed a one-year, $9 million free-agent deal with the Lakers, is looking forward to working with Ball as much as possible.
“Whatever they ask me, you know, my main objective is to win,” Rondo told TMZ Sports. “I’m ready to help develop Lonzo as much as possible. If I’m not starting and he’s starting, he’s going to be ready to go and ready for anybody that comes his way. And we’ll be ready to roll.”
Rondo 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 regular season. In the postseason, 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.
Ball, who underwent surgery to repair a meniscus injury in his left knee, is expected to be ready for training camp. The former UCLA Bruin 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.
Rondo is excited to get training camp started.
“As a whole, as a team, I’m looking forward to getting together with all the young guys, and even the older guys,” Rondo said. “And putting our minds together to figure out the best way to get W’s.”