The Golden State Warriors should have their pick of a long list of veteran free agents, Rajon Rondo included. While this wasn’t always the case, especially over the past few seasons, the Warriors winning the 2022 NBA Finals should provide enough proof that they’re still true contenders.
That said, the former Celtics great has bounced around the league these past few seasons but is still on the open market. He remains one of the most experienced guards in the league.
The Golden State Warriors need a backup point guard, and with Rajon Rondo still on the market, they should pick up the phone and give him a call.
Rondo has one of the most illustrious careers for a point guard in league history. He’s now 36 years old, so there should be real concerns about how much longer he can play at a high level, but he showed this past season there’s still something left in the tank.
What makes Rondo the ideal fit is exactly what’s made him great throughout his career.
He’s a terrific passer and above-average defender, both traits the Dubs should crave.
Rondo has led the NBA in assists three times throughout his career and couples that with being on the All-Defensive team four times. He played a key role in the Celtics’ 2008 Finals run and also won a ring with the Lakers in the bubble.
He’s a steals champion and, more importantly, an NBA Champion, having experience being both a full-time starter and one of the better point guards in the game while also having been able to transition to a role off the bench this past season.
Rondo split time between the Lakers and Cavaliers last season, averaging 4.8 points and 4.4 assists per game in just under 18 minutes of action. With Jordan Poole primarily a shooting guard, having a backup, veteran point guard should be possible the last addition for this team.
Rondo is a 16-year veteran and should have what it takes to both help captain the second unit and help Poole mature on the court. Still a free agent, Rondo could decide to hang it up and call it a career, but if he doesn’t, Golden State makes sense for the former star guard.