Lakers Rumors, News 2014: Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, Jeremy Lin Latest
The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a tough loss, but are preparing for their upcoming game as the news and rumors ramp up.
Check out the latest buzz below.
Kobe, Rondo Have Breakfast
Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo had breakfast on Thursday morning ahead of the Lakers and Celtics Friday night game, leading to rumors that Bryant is trying to get Rondo to sign with the Lakers in the offseason.
Rondo will be an unrestricted free agent, although the Celtics are trying to re-sign him.
He could also be traded if the team can’t reach a deal with him, although even in that case he could be a free agent after this season unless he chose to extend his contract with whomever he’s traded to.
ESPN reported that there are no active talks between the Lakers and Celtics involving a trade for Rondo, but that the teams did discuss a deal a few months ago.
“Their willingness to engage in talks regarding Rondo is merely informational at this point, sources said. However, the Lakers have long held interest in the point guard, who helped Boston defeat them in the 2008 NBA Finals, and sources indicate he is high on their list of free-agent targets this summer,” it reported.
“Should the teams re-engage in discussions about Rondo, sources indicated Boston likely would ask for at least one first-round draft pick.”
Bryant and Rondo have made known in the past that they appreciate each other’s style and ethic, and Bryant has said he’d like to play with Rondo.
Lin a ‘One-Year Player’
Jeremy Lin is struggling for the Lakers so far, and he might not be back with the team next year.
The Lakers acquired him from the Houston Rockets during the offseason in part because he has an expiring contract and will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Bringing Lin in was thought by some to be an audition of sorts, and things aren’t going too well so far.
“I think this Lin is a one-year player with the Lakers,” Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo said in an interview on The Beast 980.
“He’s a backup point guard in the NBA. He’s obviously be thrust into a bigger role because of who they have [on the Lakers roster], with the injuries and with Steve Nash being out for the year.”
Lin has particularly struggled to mesh with Kobe, although he has synced well with some other players such as Jordan Hill.
“You can see that Lin’s confidence is not there,” Wojnarowski said. “There’s not a great chemistry between Kobe and Lin, that’s obvious.” Lin was 0-for-10 against the Washington Wizards.
Lin, though, says that he and Bryant have a mutual respect and that they’re working on improving their chemistry. And although he prefers the free-flowing offensive systems that he was in in Houston and New York, he’s adjusting to the Princeton-based offense run by coach Byron Scott.
“That’s not what we have here, but that’s OK. I feel like I’m further in my progress as a player where I can be effective in different ways,” Lin, who is in his fifth NBA season, told the L.A. Daily News.
“It’s just a matter of seeing what your team has and what is your personnel. A spread run-and-gun, open floor pick-and-roll system might not be what’s best for us given our personnel. It’s just learning to play and be effective within whatever system Coach puts me in.”