Rajon Rondo is expected to make his LA Clippers debut against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, according to coach Ty Lue.
The Clippers acquired Rondo from Atlanta in a trade involving Lou Williams at the trade deadline on March 25.
Both teams lack key players. The Lakers are without LeBron James and Anthony Davis due to injuries. And Lue didn’t think point guard Patrick Beverley (knee) could come back and join Rondo on the floor. Beverley has missed the last 11 games due to injury. Starting center Serge Ibaka has also been out the last 10 games with a back injury.
Rondo won a championship last season with the Lakers and will now participate in Los Angeles’ rivalry on the other side with the Clippers.
“It’s different,” Rondo said of playing for the Clippers in the rivalry recently in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “It’s a rivalry here in Los Angeles. But for the most part, I’ve gotten a lot of ‘welcomes.’ It’s different coming back to LA being a champion.”
Hampered by an adductor injury, Rondo has been constantly working to learn the Clippers playbook while resting.
“Just plugging it in, just seeing what it gets,” Lue said of what he hopes to see from Rondo. “It’s easy to pass plays in practice, but then you have a game on the go, it’s a little different. And I know how smart it is. Just watch what you learn and just see what we can incorporate while you’re in the game and try. to go from there. It will be good to see him fall to the field. “