Rondo thanks Lakers, reaches deal with Hawks

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After saying goodbye to the Los Angeles Lakers in an Instagram post earlier in the day, guard Rajon Rondo agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.

The Hawks are determined to get better defensively in the backcourt rotation, bringing in Rondo, who will be entering his 15th season in the league, and Kris Dunn on two-year deals.

Earlier in the day, Rondo, who had a $2.6 million player option for the 2020-21 season, thanked the entire Lakers organization for a two-year run capped by an NBA title last season while also openly wondering “what’s next” for a 15th NBA season.

That question was soon answered.

Rondo, who turns 35 in February, averaged 8.9 points, 6.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds off the bench in 16 postseason games — including a 19-point effort in Game 6 of the NBA Finals as the Lakers beat the Miami Heat to win the NBA championship. In 48 regular-season games, he averaged 7.1 points and 5.0 assists per game.

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