Veteran guard Rondo reunites with Lakers

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When Rajon Rondo saw the opportunity to add his youth and energy to a championship-contending team, the 35-year-old point guard jumped at the chance to return to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I'm most excited about not being the oldest guy on the team anymore," Rondo said with only the slightest grin.

"I'm actually probably bottom five now, so that's a big step for me, going from two months ago I was the oldest guy on the team, and now I'm considered one of the young guys.

"I'm looking forward to it."

The extremely experienced Lakers announced their latest deal with a 30-something veteran on Tuesday, bringing back Rondo on a one-year contract.

Less than a year after Rondo played an important role as a reserve and a team leader on Los Angeles' 17th NBA championship team, the veteran point guard is back in purple and gold to provide the same leadership in another title chase.

The Lakers have assembled an eye-raising roster stacked with seasoned talent around LeBron James and Anthony Davis heading into the new season, which begins with training camp in four weeks.

Los Angeles acquired former league MVP Russell Westbrook in a trade with Washington to join Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard and returnee Marc Gasol.

Rondo, Howard, Ariza, Ellington and Bazemore are all former Lakers returning to the team.

The Lakers also could still re-sign 34-year-old wing Wesley Matthews.

While their fortunes are likely to hinge on the health of their well-travelled core, Rondo said the group is highly motivated to reward the Lakers' faith in their experience.

"I look forward to proving people wrong and understanding that age doesn't make a difference," Rondo said.

"A lot of the guys on the team still have a lot left in the tank, and (we're) going against all odds and getting it done."

The four-time All-Star signed with Atlanta as a free agent last November, was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers last March before their run to the Western Conference finals.

The Clippers traded Rondo to Memphis two weeks ago along with Patrick Beverley in the deal sending Eric Bledsoe back to LA.

Rondo agreed to a buyout with the Grizzlies last Saturday and quickly rejoined a title contender.

Few NBA players can surpass Rondo's play-off experience.

He has appeared in 134 post-season games for six franchises, averaging 12.5 points and 8.5 assists - also winning the NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

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