Cleveland Cavaliers: Rajon Rondo won’t replace Ricky Rubio, but he’s worth a flier

Rajon Rondo guards Lou Williams (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Rajon Rondo guards Lou Williams (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Cavaliers take a flier on Rajon Rondo after the season-ending injury to Ricky Rubio. 

After losing Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio over the course of the first few months of the season, the expectation was that the Cleveland Cavaliers would at the very least try to make a move to add some depth to the backcourt.

Even though it would be unlikely for the Cavs to make any major moves, any one simple move could help. At the very least, when it comes to solidifying the team’s depth.

In a move that didn’t cost much, the Cavs are hoping that the acquisition of Rajon Rondo from the Los Angeles Lakers ends up being one of the most underrated moves of the season.

Officially, the Cavs are acquiring Rondo in exchange for Denzel Valentine.

It’s not entirely fair to expect Rajon Rondo to completely fulfill the loss of Rubio, but he’s certainly worth a flier as a veteran that has the experience that this locker room clearly needs as it approaches the second half of the season.

Rondo wasn’t playing a big role for the Lakers this season and will likely embrace a new start on the upstart Cavs.

Whether that’s coming off the bench or playing a bigger role with many of these young players off the court, Rondo should be an asset for Cleveland one way or another.

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I don’t think this is the only move the Cavs are going to make after the losses of Sexton and Rubio, but taking a chance on Rondo is a seamless one that won’t end up costing the team all that much. At the very least, it’s worth the off-chance that Rondo can do some of what Rubio could do before his injury.