The Los Angeles Lakers path to a title took a hit Sunday with Rajon Rondo suffering a broken thumb. Rondo will have surgery on his thumb and will miss six-to-eight weeks. The news was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, but has since been announced by the team.
With the NBA’s return set to take place in a bubble in Orlando with games set to start on July 30th, it’s unclear what a possible return for Rondo would look like if the Lakers were to make a run to the NBA Finals and Rondo were cleared to play. However, it’s likely this will just end up ending his season regardless of how deep the team goes.
Rajon Rondo Suffers Broken Thumb
Losing Rondo by itself wouldn’t be devastating to the Lakers. While Rondo has a good reputation as being a valuable veteran for a team to have, he really didn’t have a great season before the league shutdown.
He was only averaging 7.1 points per game, his lowest since his rookie season. He was also averaging his second-lowest assists per game total, at just 5.0. Part of that is because he was playing fewer minutes each night at just 20.5. However, his metrics in terms of value weren’t very impressive on either end of the floor. Especially his defense, which he is best-known for.
The main reason this is actually big though is that Avery Bradley has chosen to sit out the leagues return. This is going to leave Los Angeles pretty thin in the front court. That will lead to more minutes for Quinn Cook, and will likely lead to even more ball-handling responsibilities for LeBron James. James handling the ball more isn’t a bad thing, but it could lead to more exhaustion going through the playoffs. Especially if Cook doesn’t play well with an increased role.
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