According to League insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers have agreed to trade Denzel Valentine to the Lakers for two-time champion Rajon Rondo.
ESPN Sources: The Cavaliers have agreed to trade Denzel Valentine to the Lakers to acquire Rajon Rondo. The Lakers are expected to waive Valentine’s partially-guaranteed deal and create an open roster spot.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 31, 2021
The Cavs made the trade, hoping Rondo can replace the lost production of Ricky Rubio, who is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL on Tuesday against the Pelicans. Rondo is reportedly eager for a chance to play a more significant role on the resurgent Cavaliers in the absence of Rubio. The two-time champion has reportedly been positive on the deal since the Lakers notified him of the option Thursday.
This is Rondo’s 16th season, and he’s currently averaging 3.1 points and 3.7 assists per game for the Lakers during his 16th season in the League. Since Sunday, he has been in health and safety protocols and will need to clear protocols before he joins the Cavs (20-14). The Cavs are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference.
The Lakers are expected to waive Valentine and create an open roster spot. Valentine has averaged 2.9 points over just 9.3 minutes per game for the Cavs this season after signing a two-year deal in September.