The Los Angeles Clippers were rumored to be legitimate players for several big names ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline. As it actually came and went, they ended up only getting one of note: Rajon Rondo.
While the prospect of signing a 35-year-old point guard may not sound particularly sexy, it was a huge move.
Rondo was the LA Lakers’ third best player for much of last year’s title run, and the Clippers sorely lacked an offensive leader of his pedigree in their humiliating defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets.
But he’s worth the headaches.
This week, Rondo sat down with ESPN and opened up about a variety of things. The most interesting? What surprised him most about Kawhi Leonard right off the bat.
“Kawhi, his passing ability is unreal,” Rondo said. “I didn’t expect him to be such a great passer and a willing passer. I said something yesterday and he looked at me like, ‘you know I got it all’ and I was like, ‘oh okay my fault.
“It was just funny kind of understanding that like you know he is who he is and uh seeing him up close in person, I appreciate his game even more.”
LaMelo continuing to make a strong case for Rookie of the Year. https://t.co/hThv2JqlgN
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Leonard is currently in the midst of another career year, averaging 25.9 points, 4.9 assists, and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Now with an established playoff vet like Rondo on his side, it will be interesting to see if he will ultimately be able to right last year’s wrongs when the postseason rolls around.