Other than the two Lakers stars, Rajon Rondo is in the running for the player on the Lakers who had the biggest impact on the team’s way to a championship. Now that he is the first player in the modern era to win a championship with the Lakers and Celtics, Rondo is expected to test his value in the market. Shams Charania of The Athletic reports many will view Rondo as a key piece, including the Lakers. Sources said Rondo is expected to decline his option, and he will have interest from the Lakers and others believing he is a piece to build on a championship roster, Shams Charania of The Athletic
The Lakers are already planning for the upcoming offseason and they are looking for creative ways to open up cap space to improve their team for a title defense. News broke on Tuesday morning that the Lakers are looking to open up nearly $5 million in cap space by removing the salary they owe to former Laker Luol Deng off of their salary sheet. Shams Charania of The Athletic/Stadium reported the news on Tuesday, meaning Deng still gets the money he is owed by the Lakers. But the Lakers will have an additional $5 million available to improve their roster heading into next season
The Lakers stretched Luol Deng in 2018 with eyes on landing another star in 2019 to complement LeBron James.