However, future Hall of Fame point guard Rajon Rondo did, and he’s now going to one of the NBA’s top title-contending teams.
Rondo was signed by the Hawks this past offseason after a two-year stint with the Lakers. Proving his value towards the end of last season, the championship-winning Lakers were clearly a better, more organized team with Rondo on the court.
Now, the Los Angeles Clippers will be hoping to get a similar benefit from the pass-first guard. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he’s being traded for former Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams and a couple of second-round picks.
Clippers also send two future second-round picks to the Hawks in the deal, per source.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
This is a peculiar trade, to say the least. Rondo to Los Angeles makes sense, but Williams to Atlanta is a bit interesting. The two have both been in the league quite a while and have drastically different skill sets.
Williams is an elite scorer. However, his 12.1 points per game are his fewest in the last decade. He’ll still undoubtedly provide a spark off the bench for the Hawks, a team that’ll be in playoff contention in a weak Eastern Conference.
As for Rondo, he’ll return to Los Angeles in hopes of bringing LA another title. A team built around Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, Rondo should thrive on a second unit that has snipers like Luke Kennard and Marcus Morris Sr.
Having led the league in assists three times since being taken as a first-round pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Rondo showed prowess on both sides of the court last season. Many forget he’s been elected to the All-Defensive team four times.
With Williams’ play waning in the latter part of his career, this seems like a win for the Clippers. It’s at least a trade that inches them closer to being title favorites.