General Rajon Rondo confirmed that he would not activate a 1-year extension term with the Los Angeles Lakers and became a free player right after winning the NBA 2020 championship.
Rajon Rondo refused to renew the contract with Los Angeles Lakers
According to information confirmed by BasketballNews journalist Chris Sheridan, veteran NBA player Rajon Rondo has decided not to activate a one-year extension term with the Los Angeles Lakers, which means he will become a free agent at the transfer market ahead of next year's season.
This is a careful move by the 34-year-old, especially after his impressive performance in the NBA Finals 2020, where he and the Los Angeles Lakers won the championship after overcoming the Miami Heat with a score of 4-2.
If the extended status is activated, Rajon Rondo can only earn nearly $2.7 million in salary for the 2020-2021 season. By becoming a free-kick, according to sport bookie Link W88, the dribbling defender can fully negotiate for a higher salary in the final years of his career.
Rajon Rondo's impressive performance may give him a better contract in the final years of his career
In the summer of 2019, Rajon Rondo signed a minimum wage contract for veterans with more than 10 years in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, leading many to believe that the 34-year-old defender has not reached his peak period. However, his impressive performance has caused experts to change their thoughts, and Rondo may be in the sights of other clubs.
However, the Los Angeles Lakers can still offer a higher salary contract to keep one of the key players of the team. But with many contracts expired after this season, the Yellow - Purple team will have to consider their options.
Analysts said that after the NBA championship, Rondo wants to receive a better salary, which is the biggest reason why he decided to enter the free football market. The Lakers soon realized this too, so they began to consider the Oklahoma City Thunder name Dennis Schroder as a long-term replacement.
Anthony Davis refused to renew the contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis is also in the same situation as Rajon Rondo. The 27-year-old superstar still has the right to automatically extend a year with a salary of $28.7 million next year. However, most people understand that Anthony Davis will not choose this option, but will refuse to extend freely to negotiate a salary commensurate with what he has shown during the 2019-2020 season.
The previous contract of Anthony Davis, which worth $127 million, lasted for a 5-year term. The contract includes a Player Option clause, which means that Davis has the right to refuse to play the final season. Although this information may shock some people, especially after the successes Anthony Davis has with the Los Angeles Lakers last season, this is a move that has been anticipated.
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