The Los Angeles Lakers and general manager Mitch Kupchak have circled the summer of 2015 as the time where the pocketbooks will be open in hopes of landing one or two marquee free agents.
Per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, one of the team's targets is likely to be Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo:
"Several rival executives believe the Lakers will make a strong run at Rondo next summer, and it’s easy to see why. Rondo is young (28), plays a critical position and shares the same win-at-all-bleeping-cost attitude as Bryant. The Celtics are rebuilding and have a young playmaker in Marcus Smart, which may limit their desire to hand Rondo max money."
If the Boston Celtics aren't willing to go all-in on Rondo, the Lakers seems poised to make a compelling pitch to draw him out of New England. If they get that done, wooing another top-line free agent such as Lamarcus Aldridge or Greg Monroe might be a lot easier task with the dynamic Rondo onboard.
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