Hello Lakers Nation.
Trevor Lane here.
Senior writer for lakers nation dot com Your home for everything Lakers.
Well, of course, the Lakers fell to the Los Angeles Clippers opening night.
Tough one saw some good things.
But if you had things, we talked about it.
I broke it down. Our last video.
We looked at three takeaways from the Lakers, lost to the Clippers.
But today we've got a little bit of news to get into.
We're gonna be talking about a guy named Andre Iguodala guy I've been hoping for for a while.
And I know a lot of you have as well plus on interesting comment made by Frank Vogel about Rajon Rondo.
Some of you are gonna love it.
Some of you are gonna hate it, but I have a feeling everybody's gonna have an opinion about it before we get into it.
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Okay, so let's start off with Andre Iguodala.
Look, if that Clippers game showed us anything, it was that the Lakers need another wing defender.
I was saying it all summer long.
I wasn't the only one either.
There are a lot of people saying that the Lakers need one more wing defender in order to really make a push here in the Western Conference.
You need somebody that can defend a guy like a Kawai, Leonard like a Paul George, Jimmy Butler, some of the other top wings in the N.
You need strong physical defenders with size.
They can defend these guys.
We saw KCP could not get it down against Kawai.
You're probably asking way too much of KCP to do that.
But Andre Iguodala is an interesting fit.
Would be a great one to add for the Lakers.
Yes, 35 years old, on the downside of his career.
Doesn't have a lot of time left in the league, but put him 15 minutes a game on a guy like a cool guy.
Leonard. Sure, I could see him doing that.
Maybe even 20 minutes a game think you could fill a role like that.
The problem is, right now he's stuck on the Memphis Grizzlies.
Got traded there by the Golden State Warriors.
He's stuck with the Grizzlies right now.
The Grizzlies want someone to trade for him.
But here's the catch.
The Grizzlies already got something for absorbing Andre Iguodala $17 million salary.
They got a future first from the Golden State Warriors.
That actually could be pretty valuable, in my opinion, because by the time it actually transfers to the Grizzlies, which is, I believe, 2024 the guy who knows what state the Warriors will be in by then most of the guys will be older.
So it's very possible that the Grizzlies, they're gonna gonna be getting a very nice pick for underage medulla.
So other teams around the league, you're looking at the Grizzlies don't come on.
You were You want us to pay you something and they want a first reportedly for the guy that you already got a first for absorbing.
That doesn't make any sense.
But it's still possible that the Lakers could get in on the Iguodala sweepstakes.
No, they can't trade for him.
They don't know the salaries to do it, but what they could do is wait out the Grizzlies.
Hopefully, he gets bought out at some point, and then Iguodala comes and joins the Lakers.
And now here's where things get interesting.
Jacky McMullin was on the Hoop Collective podcast hosted by our friend Brian Wind horse from ESPN.
That's, um, uh, some interesting comments about the Lakers before the Lakers took on the Clippers and got, like her spans, all riled up.
But Wind Horse tends to do a pretty good job reporting, and Jackie MacMullan mentioned there that Andre Iguodala is going to the Lakers now.
This is very much in the category of rumors, but she did say that she's talked to four different players, and each player has told her that ego Adela is going to the Lakers.
The prior rumor that we heard regarding a model on the Lakers was coming from a dream watching Bronski a couple weeks ago when he said that it was going to come down to the Lakers or the Clippers should even I'll eventually get bought out by the Grizzlies.
And that is where most people think this has had it they assume that even L.
Will get bought out by the Grizzlies once it becomes clear that nobody's gonna trade for him at some point, the Grizzlies won't want to continue paying his salary.
They will work out some kind of a buyout and, if nothing else, just to to do right by a veteran player.
But they're gonna hang on to it for a little bit and see if anybody gets desperate and decides to make a trade for Yves Adele.
If you really need someone on the wing again, the Lakers can't really do it because they can't match that $17 million salary even come December 15th.
Once the players they signed over the summer could be traded, it would still be pretty difficult to do.
So the Lakers were gonna wait for a bio.
Now it's sounding like if the Grizzlies do wind up buying out under Iguodala, he could be Lakers bound.
If you do believe the players that Jackie MacMullan was speaking to do it, too, and again, they couldn't come soon enough.
I mean, this would be a great fit for the Lakers.
Exactly what they need.
The only question would be who gets waved in order. Open up a spot.
For a guy like Andre Iguodala, that's a whole other discussion.
We could throw out a ton of different names, but the bottom line is, it's sounding.
We're starting to hear more and more rumors that even Ella could be bound for the Lakers should they decide the Grizzlies go and decide to buy him out.
I don't buy the whole Clippers thing.
I don't think that makes a whole lot of sense.
If you look at the Clippers roster, they've got tons of wings already.
In fact, the Clippers main motivation for signing Iguodala would most likely be to stop him from becoming a Laker, not to necessarily play him a ton of minutes themselves.
So again, if you're Iguodala, we'll make a lot of sense to go to the Lakers, where you could actually get minutes, have ah, set, roll and still be on a contending team that could potentially win a championship this season.
Okay, moving on, let's talk a little bit.
Rondo right now isn't able to play.
Didn't play against the Clippers, were not sure if he's gonna play it against the Utah Jazz dealing with an injury, so we didn't get seem out there just yet.
Played a little bit. Preseason.
Obviously, they're not gonna tax him two months. He's a veteran.
Been around for a while, but interesting.
Frank Vogel, out of Lakers practice today, mentioned that he envisions Rondo eventually playing 25 to 30 minutes on night, 25 to 30.
Yeah, I know there's a lot of you right now that are probably throwing things at the idea of Rondeau playing 25 to 30. Some.
You might be fist pumping. He's super polarizing.
Some fans are huge on Rondo and believe that he's gonna be, Ah, great fit for the Lakers and he's gonna be the savior.
He would have fixed all the things that went wrong in the Clippers game, and then others are, well, they look of that statistically away.
Rondo's worked out or not worked out and don't want to see him out there on the floor.
So here's where I'm at on this 25 to 30 minutes per game.
Regardless of how you feel about run Now, if you look at the advanced stats and you say Oh my Gosh, this guy is one of the worst defensive guards in the league.
Don't put him out there.
You've got better options.
Or if you're on the other side and saying no, he's a veteran.
You need a guy who could set up Anthony Davis, who can run the offense in the second unit.
All that think there's valid points on both sides.
But regardless of where you fall, I feel like 25 to 30 minutes a game for Rondo's too much.
And look, he has.
Frank Vogel is gonna have a better read on Rondo's help on Rondo's stamina than I would because he's actually around him on a daily basis.
Measuring these things.
He's got staff that are measuring these things.
But given how many years run has been in the league, given the fact that he's now 33 years old, given how much he struggled last season to stick with some of the more athletic players in the league, I question whether you can really play 25 to 30 minutes night.
Can you have him out there that long and not have your defense suffered to a degree that you're just a shot in addition to that.
Can you have amount there knowing that your floor spacing is gonna be all kinds of bad? And look, Rondo shot 36% from three last season, which is great.
If you told me five years ago the Rondo is going to shoot 36% from three at some point his career, I would have laughed at you.
There's no way Rondo has been a terrible shooter through most of his career, so the fact that he shot 36% from three is really good.
Okay, it's slightly above average, which is great for Rondo.
And he shot well in training camp.
We heard all about how well he was shooting shop fairly well in the preseason, also obviously, in a tiny sample size.
But even if he's out there and he's knocking in some threes, the bottom line is that defense is don't respect him.
Defense is treat him right now as though he is still the guy that shooting in the low thirties from three.
If he's still the guy that is just throwing up bricks, one shot after another that cannot hit, they leave him alone.
They clogged the paint.
So that means that unless you are getting Rondo open looks kicking him the ball because the defense is ignoring him and he is knocking down those shots.
You don't get the benefit from him being out there.
If it's Danny Green spacing up out there out there, even if the ball doesn't get to him, you still benefit because defense is have to stay with him because they know if you leave him, he's going to knock down that shot.
And so you get the added benefit of the of more space on the inside in the paint for guys like LeBron for guys like Anthony Davis.
When Rondo's out, their players will double off of him willingly.
So even if he's knocking down, even if he had increases the percentage that 38% If teams aren't respecting him out there, then you don't get some of the benefit of his shooting.
Now, of course, if he's knocking down 38% from three and you can just kick it to him and he gets a wide open shot every time, then at some point that's gonna change.
Made that narrative.
That strategy for defending Rhonda will change.
But again, how long is that gonna take? And then what kind of a benefit will you get from it? I think that's a big question mark.
Certainly, that that narrative around Rondo can be changed.
Look, Jason Kidd, who is now a Lakers assistant coach, was known as a non shooter through most of his career, spent the final few scenes of his career shooting nothing but three's.
Basically, that was all he did was he was a spot up shooter from three.
So there is a template there for Rondo to kind of shift the thinking around him.
But for right now, you're not going to get the floor spacing, either.
So you've got the defensive concerns on one end, and then you get the lack of spacing on the other end of the floor, even if Rondo is knocking in okay, percentage of three of three.
So there's some real reason why you want to be hesitant about playing Rondo in addition to the age factor that many minutes.
Okay, on top of whose minutes is he taking, taking Casey Peas minutes? I know a lot of people would be excited about that After what happened with KCP trying to defend Kawai Leonard.
Not that Rhonda was going to do that.
Is he taking Quinn Cook's minutes where these minutes coming from 25 to 30 minutes per game? And that means his minutes gonna cross over with LeBron James, which can be a little tricky.
Do you want either of them really playing off the ball that much? Because Rondo, without the ball in his hands, isn't nearly as effective, and LeBron, without the ball in his hands, isn't as effective.
So do you want to take the ball out of either of their hands? Personally, I'd be staggering them.
I'd be using Rondo as your ball handler when LeBron isn't on the floor because he can't set up on offense in a way that very few other Lakers can.
Maybe Alex Caruso, in a pinch, can do it.
Quit, but still not to the level that Rondo can.
So there is a legitimate reason why you'd put runner out there on the floor.
He can organize an offense.
He can't do that at a high level, Okay, but do you want him to share the floor with LeBron James? And if he's playing 25 to 30 minutes a game.
He's absolutely going to, so there's plenty of reason to be concerned about Rondeau playing that many minutes.
But again, we'll have to wait until we see it.
Who knows? And Frank Vogel system.
I'm not gonna count out the fact that Rondo could be successful.
It could happen.
If you look at everything that's happened, though, up to this point, you'd have to say it's probably not gonna work, but who knows? There's a chance we'll have to wait and see if he does play 25 to 30 minutes a game.
I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed and hope that it works out.
But I'm going to be extremely skeptical.
I don't know that that's the right way to go.
Certainly, on paper, it wouldn't seem to be.
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