With Labeyrie not joining the team, the move opened up a roster spot for L.A., which had been carrying the maximum allotment of 15 full-time players, two two-way players and not to mention a handful of players who cycled through the locker room on 10-day hardship exemptions because of all the players unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols. The Lakers went just 5-13 in the games he appeared in and the last time he played for L.A. was Dec. 23 before he entered into the league’s health and safety protocols. “He’s one of my favorite players I’ve ever coached. He was an integral part of us winning the championship two years ago, me winning my first championship and he’ll always be a special player and special friend to me. So I wish nothing but the best to him for now and we’ll continue to stay in touch and whatnot.”
The thing is, nearing the midpoint of the season and sitting at No. 7 in the Western Conference with a 19-19 record, there might not be a postseason run L.A. was hoping to have Rondo around for unless it makes moves to shore up the roster with players that can help it compete right now. L.A. currently has zero players in health and safety protocols.