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NBA free agency: Lakers’ contingency plans unclear with Rajon Rondo going to New Orleans

By in Press Enterprise on July 16, 2017

By Mark Medina

The Lakers had a healthy amount of dialogue both with and about veteran guard Rajon Rondo, and whether he would become a good fit for their young roster.

Ultimately, the Lakers did not have to decide the varying variables about such a possible partnership. Rondo agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, which teams him with DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday on a team poised as a dark-horse Western Conference playoff contender.

That leaves the Lakers with possible contingency plans to fill out the rest of their roster. The Lakers had expressed interest in retaining 22-year-old guard Tyler Ennis after free agency started. But they had not offered clarity on to what extent because of their possible pursuit of Rondo, according to league sources familiar with the situation.

The Lakers liked Ennis’ progression after acquiring him from the Houston Rockets for 32-year-old guard Marcelo Huertas before the Feb. 23. trade deadline. Ennis then averaged a career-high 7.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and 2.4 assists in 17.8 minutes through 22 games. He also averaged 16.5 points on 50 percent shooting and 5.5 assists in two games as a starter.

The Lakers have also shown interest in guards Rodney Stuckey and Ian Clark, though their interest has not been considered as strong.

Stuckey averaged 7.2 points but shot only 37.3 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from 3-point range last season before the Indiana Pacers waived him in March after he suffered a strained left patellar tendon. Stuckey has since recovered from his injury, and he believes he will improve his shooting accuracy now that he’s healthy.

Clark averaged a career-high 6.8 points, while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range with the Golden State Warriors. Incidentally, the Warriors replaced Clark with Nick Young, […]    

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