UPDATE: April 4 — Rondo will make his Clippers debut on Sunday vs. the Lakers. He will be on a minutes limit, per Lue.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Ty Lue confirmed veteran PG Rajon Rondo should make his team debut on Easter Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Rondo, who was acquired in a deal with the Atlanta Hawks prior to the NBA Trade Deadline a few weeks ago, has been held out due to a groin injury. The Clippers could start Rondo is his debut or bring him in off the bench with Reggie Jackson sticking at PG.
Rajon Rondo should make his Clippers debut Sunday against Lakers, Ty Lue announces.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 3, 2021
The Clippers have lost two games in a row entering Sunday’s matchup vs. the Lakers. Considering LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain out, plus Andre Drummond hurt his toe now, the Clippers shouldn’t have a difficult time with the Lakers. Rondo gives the Clippers a bit more depth at point guard and someone who can distribute a bit better. Jackson is more of a score-first guard. Patrick Beverley is still out with a knee injury.
Assuming Rondo plays and is on some kind of minutes limit, he shouldn’t move the needle that much. The Clippers shouldn’t have any issues taking care of the Lakers depleted roster. The Clippers offense has been a major issue the past two games, failing to reach more than 96 points in back-to-back Ls. The Clips are falling behind the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz in the West, plus have the Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers all vying to move up.
Rondo is only 3.9 percent owned on ESPN in standard fantasy basketball leagues. He isn’t someone you need to be jumping on to claim. He’s worth monitoring though. The Clippers could eventually run lineups featuring Rondo pretty heavily if he can stay healthy. Rondo provides solid defense in the vein of Beverley, but is a better passer and overall offensive player. We saw plenty of vintage Rondo stat lines when he was playing with two superstars on the Lakers last season. Now, he gets Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.