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Video appears to show Rajon Rondo push woman during parking lot dispute

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo was recently sued by a woman who claims the NBA star and his girlfriend attacked her in a parking lot, and a video that has since been released confirms there was a physical altercation.

Toktam Jorshari claimed in court documents that Rondo was parked in a handicapped spot on June 28 at the apartment complex where they both live. Jorshari says she pulled into the space next to Rondo’s Rolls Royce SUV to unload a piece of furniture she had purchased, and Rondo felt she parked too close to his car. That allegedly led to Rondo aggressively confronting Jorshari, who claims the situation quickly escalated and became physical.

Surveillance footage that was obtained by TMZ this week appears to show Rondo and his girlfriend arguing with Jorshari about the situation. At one point, Rondo shoved Jorshari with one arm, causing her to stumble backward. Rondo’s girlfriend then attacked Jorshari, and Rondo initially tried to step in between the two. He then stood back and watched while his girlfriend punched Jorshari in the face several times.

Jorshari claims in her lawsuit that Rondo’s girlfriend repeatedly attacked her while she was on the ground, though TMZ’s video ended before any of that was shown. You can read more details from the lawsuit here.

Rondo was still with the Los Angeles Lakers at the time of the alleged incident. The 34-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks last month.

Rajon Rondo sued by woman over alleged parking lot attack

Rajon Rondo

A woman who says she lives in the same apartment complex as Rajon Rondo in Los Angeles claims she was attacked by Rondo and his girlfriend earlier this year, and she has filed a lawsuit against the NBA veteran.

According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Toktam Jorshari claims Rondo was parked in a handicapped spot on June 28 at their apartment complex when she pulled into the space next to him to unload a piece of furniture she had purchased. She said she inadvertently blocked Rondo’s Rolls Royce SUV in, which led to him aggressively confronting her. Jorshari claims the situation quickly escalated and became physical.

Jorshari says Rondo immediately shouted at her, “B—-, why do you think you can park here?” He then allegedly shoved her against her vehicle in a manner that was “so violent and forceful that [Jorshari’s] sandal shoe flew off her foot and her keys which she held in her hand flew out of her hand and broke into two pieces when the key fell onto the ground.”

Once Jorshari was on the ground, she says Rondo’s girlfriend repeatedly attacked her and hit her in the head and upper-body area. She says the incident was captured on surveillance footage that she has in her possession.

Jorshari is suing both Rondo and his girlfriend for assault and battery, infliction of emotional distress, and conspiracy. She’s seeking unspecified damages in excess of $1 million.

Rondo was still with the Los Angeles Lakers at the time of the alleged incident. He signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks last month. At least one top contender was said to have interest in the 34-year-old.

Rajon Rondo signing two-year deal with Hawks

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo is headed back to the Eastern Conference.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Saturday that the veteran point guard has agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

The 34-year-old Rondo, coming off a championship last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, figures to slot into a role as Trae Young’s backup and mentor. The Hawks also signed guard Kris Dunn earlier this week.

There was some belief Rondo might head to a particular contender instead. However, he now joins an upstart young Hawks team and also gets a nice pay raise from the $2.4 million he made last year.

Report: Clippers still ‘in the hunt’ for Rajon Rondo

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Rajon Rondo clearly won’t be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, but there remains some doubt regarding his ultimate destination.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Atlanta Hawks are still regarded as the frontrunner for the veteran guard. However, the Los Angeles Clippers are still “in the hunt” for Rondo.

One thing seems certain: Rondo’s time with the Lakers is over. In an Instagram post Saturday, he thanked the organization, staff, players, and fans in a goodbye message.

Rondo may prefer the Clippers. They’re closer to contention. However, the Hawks may be willing to offer a bigger payday. At this point, that may make the difference.

Report: Hawks among leaders for two key free agents

Rajon Rondo

The Atlanta Hawks appear intent on potentially rebuilding quite quickly for the 2020-21 season.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, rival teams increasingly feel the Hawks will be in “pole position” to sign both Rajon Rondo and Danilo Gallinari as free agents. A previous report said the Hawks were prepping a “significant offer” for Rondo.

While neither player is a star, both would help the Hawks improve. The 34-year-old Rondo averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the Lakers last season. Gallinari, meanwhile, started 62 games for Oklahoma City, averaging 18.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

The Hawks went 20-47 last year, and may struggle to nab guys like this if other contenders get in the mix as expected. However, the Hawks are clearly serious about adding some big names to work with Trae Young, and also have the No. 6 pick in Wednesday’s draft to work with.

Rajon Rondo to receive ‘significant offer’ from Hawks?

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo is expected to decline his $2.6 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers to become a free agent, and the Atlanta Hawks could be waiting with a huge offer.

ESPN’s Frank Isola said that Rondo is expected to receive a “significant” offer from the Hawks for around $15 million over two years. The Hawks have plenty of cap space and are looking to improve.

Rondo is also reportedly being pursued by the Clippers and prefers to sign with them if possible.

Rondo’s interest in these other teams likely explains why the Lakers agreed to acquire Dennis Schroder from the Thunder.

Rondo averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the Lakers last season and helped them win the championship. The 34-year-old has played 14 seasons in the NBA.

Report: Rajon Rondo focused on joining Clippers

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Rajon Rondo may be taking his championship ring and running to the other side of Staples Center.

Frank Isola of ESPN reported on Tuesday that the veteran point guard is expected to receive a large free agent offer (two years and $15 million) from the Atlanta Hawks. However, Rondo is reportedly focused on potentially joining the LA Clippers. Isola adds that Rondo could possibly receive the mid-level exception from the Clippers.

Rondo, 34, rebuilt his value in a big way this past season with the Los Angeles Lakers. His strong averages in the playoffs (8.9 points and 6.6 assists per game) helped catapult the Lakers to their 17th NBA title.

The four-time All-Star is a vocal leader and true playmaking guard, roles that the Clippers largely struggled to fill last season. Rondo is also familiar with some of the team’s brass. He was briefly teammates with center Ivica Zubac on the Lakers in the 2018-19 campaign. Meanwhile, new Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue as well as new assistant Roy Rogers were on the Boston Celtics’ coaching staff back when Rondo was there.

The Clippers certainly want Rondo, and now it seems the interest is mutual.

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Clippers, Hawks expected to pursue Rajon Rondo in free agency

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Rajon Rondo is expected to decline his player option for next season and become a free agent, and he will likely have plenty of interest.

Rondo signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers last year and can opt in to his second year for $2.6 million. But he may feel he can earn more money on the open market and be motivated to test things out.

The Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner reports that the Clippers and Atlanta Hawks are among the teams that will have interest in him.

Rondo, 34, had a limited role during the regular season and suffered a thumb injury during the restart. But he was a valuable contributor during the playoffs and helped them win the championship. He averaged 8.9 points, 6.6 assists, and 1.4 steals in 24.7 minutes per game during the postseason.

Rondo has long been expected to opt out of his contract. And this is not the first time the Clippers have been mentioned in connection with him.

The LeBron Effect: How LeBron James impacted his Lakers teammates

LeBron James

Given the monumental impact that star players have in the NBA, the simple fact that basketball is a team game can often get overlooked. One of the defining tests of NBA superstardom is a player’s ability to positively influence his teammates’ play. Stars can improve a teammate’s play through not only their own play, but also their presence; the greatest players of all-time carry an aura with them that embodies winning.

Four-time NBA champion and Finals MVP LeBron James has illustrated this aura throughout the entirety of his 17-year career. James has the power to thrust his teammates into an unfamiliar position — directly in the spotlight.

If these players deliver when they are called upon, their legacies are cemented next to role players like Steve Kerr, whose famous 1997 Finals-winning shot lives on eternally in the Role Player Hall of Fame. Failure to deliver, however, means a player will be exposed to a level of scrutiny unlike ever before. This phenomenon experienced by James’ teammates can be known as the “LeBron Effect.”

James’ impact on his teammates is so profound that his influence was felt not just by younger players, but also by accomplished veterans like Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo over last season.

Here is a look at how James impacted the play of his teammates last season.

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Report: Clippers to pursue Rajon Rondo in free agency

Rajon Rondo

The Los Angeles Clippers are in the market for help at the point guard position this offseason, and Rajon Rondo is a name that could be high on their list.

The Clippers are expected to pursue Rondo when free agency begins next month, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports. The Los Angeles Lakers want to keep Rondo, but he is expected to decline his $2.7 million player option and shop his services.

Rondo played a significant role for the Lakers in the postseason. He averaged more minutes per game during the playoffs than he did in the regular season and averaged 8.7 points, 5.5 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. You can understand why the Lakers don’t want to let him leave.

The Clippers, however, could be aggressive in their pursuit of Rondo. Kawhi Leonard is reportedly pushing for the team to add a difference-maker at point guard, and Rondo could fill that role.

Rondo, 34, has extensive postseason experience, which is undoubtedly one of the main reasons the Clippers want him. Perhaps he could help solve some of the chemistry issues they struggled with after the season resumed in Orlando.