Former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins thinks his ex-teammate Rajon Rondo will leave the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency but the Purple and Gold will sign 10-time NBA All Star Chris Paul. Rondo, who has led the NBA three times in assists, came up big for the Lakers in the NBA Playoffs as the Purple and Gold won a record-tying 17th NBA Championship after beating the Miami Heat 4-2 in the NBA Finals.
Rondo proved that he is absolutely still capable of playing at a high level and contributing to the team when it matters the most -- in the playoffs. "To be honest, I think the Lakers are going to lose Rondo. I really do.
I think the Lakers are going to land Chris Paul, I think Rondo is going to be with the Clippers and I think y’all gonna lose Playoff Rondo. That’s the guy I think y’all are going to lose. … We all know how great of friends LeBron James and Chris Paul are.
Chris Paul has been on record this offseason saying that his destinations are the Lakers in L.A. or with New York. And I think he’s going to be a Laker. I’m telling you. I can see it happening right now, with him and Sam Presti possibly coming up with a buyout if they can’t come together and get a trade done.
I’m like 85% sure Chris Paul will be a Laker next year," Perkins said, per Lakers Nation.
Paul enjoyed his season with the Oklahoma City Thunder
In the summer of 2019, the Houston Rockets made one of the biggest moves of free agency when they send Paul to the Thunder in an exchange for Russell Westbrook.
After Paul was traded to the Thunder, the belief around the league was that the Thunder would trade the 35-year-old and enter the rebuilding mode. But the Thunder kept Paul and the 10-time All Star led to a playoff appearance, in which they were beaten by the Rockets in the first round.
"I just love to hoop," Paul told ESPN during the NBA Playoffs. "[Former Thunder coach] Billy Donovan was amazing. My teammates have ben. amazing. So, for me, you call it twilight years, I call it a blessing. Just being able to compete at a high level at 35 years old, [I'm going to] just keep rolling." It remains to be seen if Paul will wear a Laker uniform next season.