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Podcast: Will it be difficult for the Lakers to replace Rajon Rondo?

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Rajon Rondo was infuriating to watch in the regular season, but he was one of the Lakers’ most important players in the postseason. What does that say about his value?

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Although the Los Angeles Lakers are still rightfully in vacation mode after their successful championship run in Orlando, there is no shortage of news surrounding the team.

On Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the Lakers have “requested a career-ending injury application to have Luol Deng’s salary removed from team books.” If approved by the NBA, the exemption will shave $5 million off of their team payroll and put them in a better position to retain their internal free agents. Among the players that the team may look to bring back next season is Rajon Rondo, one of the brightest spots of their postseason run. Which brings us to today’s episode.

On this week’s edition of “Talk-O Tuesday,” our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla take the site’s “season in-review” series to the airwaves and discuss Rondo’s regular season play compared to his playoff performance, and what factors may play a role in a potential return. The duo also go over the logistics of the Deng application and it’s possible impact on the roster, as well as the news that Phil Handy is planning to stay on the Lakers’ coaching staff for at least one more season. Sorry to burst your bubbles, Nets fans.

You can listen to the full episode below, and to make sure you never miss a show, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

You can follow Alex Regla on Twitter at @AlexmRegla, and Alex Padilla at @alexpadilla86.