Written By Nicolas Papa/7-13-20
It was reported last night that Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a broken right thumb and he will be out 6-8 weeks. This injury could come back and hurt the Lakers deep into their playoff run. Rondo was a primary playmaker off the bench and his veteran leadership will be missed on the bench. With Avery Bradley opting out of play and JR Smith along with Dion Waiters being wildcards, the question is should the Lakers attempt to sign another guard. I believe they should, Quinn Cook and Alex Caurso aren’t enough to keep the second unit afloat without LeBron in the game. So who should they target?
- Isaiah Thomas- Isaiah is a former Laker who was once an All-NBA player and MVP candidate. He could provide some leadership on the bench but his defense could be a liability especially in the playoffs.
- Darren Collison- Earlier in the season before COVID shut down the league the Lakers were trying to convince the veteran guard to come out of retirement and contribute for them off the bench or possibly start over Avery Bradley. Collison’s defense would also be a big time help to the lakers bench and although his playmaking ability isn’t as good as rondos it will suffice.
- Mario Chalmers- After all these years out of the NBA who knows if Chalmers could still produce at a high level. He might be a wildcard but he is worth a shot. Chalmers has championship experience and he knows what LeBron wants from his teammates. His ability to create his own shot was pivotal in the Heats championship run. Although his playmaking abilities might be questionable he could be a key contributor for LeBron and the Lakers.