Los Angeles Lakers have a lot of problems right now. Problems on offense, problems on defense, and cohesion issues on and off the court.
But fast forward to next summer and the Lakers plan to sort out these issues by spending a huge portion of their available cap for next season on some top trade targets.
However, new developments this week reveal that the Lakers' top trade target might not be as good as LA thinks he is.
Rajon Rondo has been a player linked with a move to the Lakers for some time. In fact, rumors of him joining the Lakers go back well into last season.
But the hopes amongst Lakers fans that he can come in and sort out their point guard issues may be in doubt after the latest scenes at the Boston Celtics saw him benched late in the game against the Washington Wizards.
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Not only was Rondo benched but he was benched in favor of rookie Marcus Smart.
Yes, okay, the Celtics were losing their game by 23 points at the time Rondo was benched, but you can't hide from the fact that he never came back on the court despite a comeback by the Celtics which forced overtime.
Rajon Rondo remains unfazed
Those at the Lakers looking to pin all of their hopes on Rondo next season might need to take a look in the mirror, in the meantime, the point guard doesn't seem too bothered about getting benched for a rookie.
"I'm very competitive," Rondo told Yahoo Sports. "I wanted to play. I wanted to compete and be on the floor. But the guys in front of me, the guys who were out there, were playing great. And I didn't want to mess up any momentum."