The Cavaliers have agreed to acquire veteran goaltender Rajon Rondo as part of a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for goaltender Denzel Valentine, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

The Cavs needed an experienced goalie to help them continue their strong start after losing Ricky Rubio to a season-ending knee injury. They will add Rondo once the deal is approved by the NBA, said the person who requested anonymity as the teams have not yet had the required conference call with the league.

Four-time All-Star, Rondo, 35, averaged 3.1 points and 3.7 assists coming off the Lakers bench. It was his second visit to Los Angeles. He has been under league health and safety protocols and will need to be cleared before joining the Cavs.

Valentine has averaged just 9.3 minutes for the Cavs, who have been one of the most improved teams in the league this season. The 28-year-old signed a two-year contract with Cleveland in September.

The Cavs were forced to find help in the backcourt after Rubio, who played a major role in the team’s surprising turnaround, tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on Wednesday night in New Orleans.

Rubio was an invaluable leader and mentor to young Cleveland players. He also performed at a high level as a replacement for Darius Garland.

The Cavs are hoping Rondo can give them many of the same attributes and keep their season in the right direction.


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