With Lonzo Ball missing 30 games due to various injuries during the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season, the Lakers needed to find a reliable backup point guard.
In his one year with the Pelicans, Rondo averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists per game during the regular season, with those number jumping to 10.3 PPG and 12.2 APG in the postseason as "Playoff Rondo" showed up to help New Orleans advance to the Western Conference semifinals. Sports (via Twitter) and ESPN (via Twitter).
James and Rondo have gone head-to-head 54 times in their National Basketball Association careers, 25 of those coming in the playoffs - the last of those matchups in 2012, when James and the Miami Heat rallied from a 3-2 deficit to beat Rondo and the Boston Celtics on the way to the National Basketball Association title.
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The Rondo addition, in particular, had the National Basketball Association world trying to make sense of the Lakers' plan. Best man wins the job.
The Lakers will be Rondo's sixth team since the start of the 2014-15 season.
The Lakers are jostling their roster, also reportedly renouncing the rights to forward Julius Randle, making him a free agent. Randle finished 10th in the National Basketball Association in field goal percentage last season, shooting 55.8 percent from the floor. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged a career-high 16.1 points to go with 8.0 rebounds per game last season.