KEY POINTS

  • Rajon Rondo could spend more time on the bench with Caris LeVert in the fold
  • Rondo may end up in the same predicament he had with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Bickerstaff can opt for a Garland-LeVert combo heading into the playoffs

When the Cleveland Cavaliers took him in, there were big expectations on Rajon Rondo.

The two-time NBA champion was expected to fill in the void left by Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio.

Both regulars fell to injuries and were ruled out for the season, a reason why the Cavs traded for Rajon Rondo.

But it appears that the Cavs want insurance as they know that more backcourt help is needed.

Rondo and Darius Garland may be holding up, but head coach J.B. Bickerstaff knows that they need more.

That guy was Caris LeVert who the Cavs acquired from the Indiana Pacers along with a 2022 second-round pick via Miami for Ricky Rubio and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick as well as two second-round picks per sources in a report from ESPN.

The deal also reunites LeVert with Jarrett Allen. Both played together with the Brooklyn Nets from 2017 to 2021.

The familiarity will surely be of good use to Bickerstaff as he prepares the Cavs for the NBA postseason wars.

So where does this leave Rondo? The impact of the LeVert trade is not expected to set in for the next couple of games.

The 27-year-old will need to adjust to his new team, meaning Rondo will still be at the top of the list.

But at some point, Bickerstaff is bound to change it up. Once LeVert gets accustomed to the Cavs' brand of play, Rondo may find himself in a similar situation with the Los Angeles Lakers recently.

Rondo is a proven leader and someone who can fire up his teammates when he wants to.

Since arriving in Cleveland, the four-time All-Star has been coming off the bench with sporadic outings.

The 6-foot-1 guard could find himself playing behind LeVert, but there is also a scenario that Rondo and LeVert could play alongside each other.

But then again, there is also Garland in the mix. If Bickerstaff wants to level up his backcourt, a Garland and LeVert combo could make more sense, which could relegate Rondo to a bench role once again.

Rajon Rondo #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers Rajon Rondo of the Cleveland Cavaliers could end up in the same situation he was in when he was with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season. Photo: Getty Images | Jason Miller