Report: Lakers trading Rondo to Cavaliers for Valentine
The Lakers are expected to waive Valentine and his partially guaranteed contract to open a roster spot, Wojnarowski adds.
Rondo signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in August, marking his second spell with the team. The four-time All-Star entered the league's health and safety protocols on Dec. 26 and is averaging 3.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists across 18 games with Los Angeles.
The 35-year-old is keen to assume a principal role with Cleveland in Rubio's absence, reports Wojnarowski. Rubio suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The 20-15 Cavaliers have been one of the surprises of the 2021-22 campaign. They sit fifth in the Eastern Conference ahead of Friday's home game against the Atlanta Hawks.