Atlanta Hawks reportedly among groups that might pursue Rajon Rondo
Among Sunday’s biggest stories in the NBA world was the (reported) trade of former Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Los Angeles Lakers. While that wouldn’t generally command an article in this area, the fallout from that deal could supposedly make waves all the method into the state of Georgia.
First, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the acquisition of Schröder consisted of the “strong belief” from the Lakers that veteran point player Rajon Rondo would be striking the marketplace in complimentary firm.
Later, there was a link drawn from Rondo to the Hawks, with Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reporting that Rondo will decrease his player choice– a no-brainer choice– and “will have teams after him.” From there, Turner notes that the group might include the Hawks.
First, it needs to be kept in mind (again) that the Hawks are a prime team for representatives to utilize as utilize during this abbreviated offseason. That has actually been a topic talked about myriad times in this area in recent weeks, however Atlanta has just nine players under contract, one of the most salary cap space in the NBA, and a gaping hole behind Trae Young at the backup point guard position.
As such, it would be simple for one to connect the dots, a minimum of on paper, for why Rondo may make sense in Atlanta. On the other side, there are counterweights, with Rondo apparently much better aligned with groups (like his most current franchise in the Lakers) competing for the NBA title in the immediate future. In truth, Turner’s report was not the first time Rondo was connected to the L.A. Clippers and, while the Hawks do have playing time for him, it could also be a circumstance in which the Hawks exist– at least in this situation– to drive up the cost.
Rondo was quite good in the 2020 NBA Playoffs, shooting 40 percent from three-point variety, balancing 6.6 assists per game, rebounding at a high level, and even increase his effort on the defensive end. Because that was his latest impression on the basketball landscape, one could assume that level of performance is a new baseline, even at the age fo 34.
Nevertheless, “Playoff Rondo” is far different from the gamer Rondo has remained in the regular season for the last several seasons, with middling efficiency and in some cases irritating protective effort. At least, that deserves noting for a team that is trying to shift from a restore to a playoff chase. In addition, the Hawks might be searching for a backup guard that can have fun with or without Young and, while Rondo had a strong protective reputation in his younger days, he isn’t an ideal off-ball fit given the combination of shaky perimeter shooting and suboptimal size and defense.
In the most positive of scenarios, Rondo might supply the Hawks with a skilled, high-pedigree veteran that could run the offense as an excellent passer when Young heads to the bench. That isn’t impossible to envision, which archetype might be rather valuable for Atlanta. Nevertheless, Rondo hasn’t constantly suit everywhere (see his time in Dallas and Sacramento) and a team in Atlanta’s position as an up-and-comer adding him to the mix would be taking on some danger with a gamer who hasn’t performed almost as well in comparable environments.
It remains to be seen how serious this reported interest is on Atlanta’s side however, at the minimum, a reputable source has now made the connection in print.