Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Rajon Rondo to Cavs as Kyrie Irving’s Backup
The Cleveland Cavaliers took a 106-94 loss against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Their need for a backup point guard became very obvious, as Jordan McRae and rookie Kay Felder failed to get the team going.
With the Cavaliers projected to go deep into the playoffs again this season, the defending champions might have no other choice but to sign another point guard. Kyrie Irving is among the best point guard in the league, but overplaying him in the postseason could back fire if they reach the NBA Finals again.
While the Cavaliers are 26-8 this season and are still the best in the Eastern Conference, they are still planning to acquire another point guard, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reported. The name of Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole have surfaced numerous times, but Vardon revealed that the Cavaliers are also keeping an eye on Rajon Rondo.
Rondo signed a two-year deal worth $27 million with the Chicago Bulls last summer. He started for the Bulls earlier in the season but has been benched in their last three games.
The former All-Star has made it no secret that he will ask for a trade if the benching continues. From the looks of it, the relationship between Rondo and the Bulls will end before the deadline in February.
If the Bulls formally place him on the trading block, the Cavaliers will reportedly make a run at Rondo. However, it remains to be seen whether the Bulls will be willing to trade the pass-first point guard to a conference rival.
But according to a scenario from King James Gospel, the Cavaliers could create a workable deal for Rondo. In their proposed deal, the Bulls will send Rondo and Bobby Portis in exchange for Channing Frye and Mike Dunleavy along with a first-round pick. The Cavaliers will also include the Anderson Varejao trade exemption to make it work.
The report also added that the Cavaliers could also wait if the Bulls and Rondo will reach a buyout agreement. If that happens, Cleveland will be in a better position to get Rondo for a deal for the rest of the season.
Rondo will have a chance to contend for a title and improve his stack again for next summer. He could be a backup to Irving and also get minutes alongside the superstar guard, who could play off the ball while Rondo is orchestrating the offense.
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