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LOS ANGELES — After becoming the first Los Angeles Lakers player since Magic Johnson in 1989 to register 17 assists and five steals in a game, Rajon Rondo said he hoped to stick around L.A. a little longer.
“Absolutely,” Rondo told ESPN when asked if he wanted to come back to the Lakers next season. “Absolutely. I mean, the only way we can go from here is up.
“So, I don’t know what the future holds as far as the summer — if I come back, or who else comes back or if I don’t come back. Those things are out of my control. But at the same time, it’s a great organization. I can’t say enough about the staff and the people who work here. They’re really kind and helpful, so I want to continue, if I can, help this organization grow.”
Rondo reached his season high in assists in a 129-115 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday — the Lakers’ third victory in their past four games after being eliminated from postseason contention a week ago.
LeBron James had 27 points and nine assists, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and the Los