Rajon Rondo appears to be on the move once again.
The veteran point guard was part of a trade Sunday that brought Eric Bledsoe back to Clippers, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rondo now is set to join the ninth team of his NBA career, the Memphis Grizzlies.
Along with Rondo, Patrick Beverley and Daniel Oturu are slated to join the Grizzlies in a trade that sees the Clippers reunite with a player they drafted and developed. By shedding some contracts, LA will drop its tax bill by $30 million and create an $8.3 million traded player exception.
After winning the 2019-20 NBA championship with the Lakers, becoming the first player to win a title in LA and Boston, Rondo signed a two-year, $15 million guaranteed contract with the Atlanta Hawks, who traded him to the Clippers for Lou Williams.
Wojnarowski reports the Grizzlies, “with an already packed roster, are open-minded on the futures of all three players in Memphis — and will likely consider trades with some of those arriving in this deal.”
As for Rondo, he’s scheduled to hit free agency following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.
Boston could use a veteran ballhandler, and Rondo certainly can still contribute to any team he ends up on. But the Celtics roster is full and they’ve recently made some moves to address their payroll and guard depth.