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Fiesty guard Rajon Rondo is heading to the LA Lakers

Fiesty guard Rajon Rondo is heading to the LA Lakers

Interestingly, the Lakers inked former Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo to a one-year, $9 million deal right after the news broke that Randle was no longer part of Los Angeles' plans. The Lakers qualifying offer made Randle a restricted free agent, meaning the Lakers could match any offer.

Randle played in all 82 of L.A.'s games previous year.

Rondo is going to Lakers training camp and has plans to compete for the starting job, according to Yahoo Sports. The four-time All-Star also won a championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics.

Since signing James to a four-year, $153.3 million deal on Sunday, the Lakers have also reached agreements with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee, according to ESPN reports.

Still, with the scoring prowess the Lakers have on their side, a point guard that can distribute the ball as well as Rondo is a pretty important addition. The free-agent class of 2019 is projected to be deeper and more talented than this one (Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Karl-Anthony Towns and possibly Kevin Durant if he opts out of his existing deal), with the exception of James, of course. A LeBron-Boogie duo on the Lakers would surely be fun to watch.

Shortly after his rights were renounced, Randle found his new home. Prior to James' arrival, Turner Sports' David Aldridge reported that Randle was not interested in remaining in Los Angeles, which selected him with the seventh pick out of Kentucky in the 2014 National Basketball Association draft. He hasn't shown many ill-effects of the injury, having only missed a combined nine games over the past three seasons.

Randle, 23, was the last player on the roster to have played with Kobe Bryant, who retired following the 2015-16 season.

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