2-Time NBA Champion Rajon Rondo Announces His Retirement

Rajon Rondo with the Chicago Bulls in 2017
Rajon Rondo with the Chicago Bulls in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (8587733q)

Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo has officially pulled the curtain on his NBA career. Rondo announced his retirement during a recent appearance on All the Smoke podcast.

When asked whether his time in the NBA has come to an end by host Matt Barnes, Rondo didn’t hesitate to confirm.

“Absolutely,” Rondo told Barnes. “Yeah, I’m done. I can’t. I’d rather spend time with my kids.”

“What a time, it was definitely something that I never took for granted when I was in the game,” Rondo, who played 16 seasons in the NBA, added. “I loved every minute of it, and I appreciate the brotherhood that I was able to share and bond and grow with over the years. I’ve learned so much in this game and it’s made me the man who I am today.”

The news doesn’t come as a surprise. Rondo last played in the NBA during the 2021–22 season, suiting up for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 39 games.

Rajon Rondo is best known for his time with the Boston Celtics, where he spent his first eight seasons as a pro. During that time, he helped the Celtics win an NBA Championship in 2008 while also making four All-Star appearances.

The Celtics traded Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks midway through the 2014–15 campaign, which marked his transition into a journeyman veteran. He ended up playing for seven more teams, including two stints with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was part of the Lakers team that won the NBA title in 2020.

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