FILE – Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks on during warmups before Game 3 of the 2020 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rajon Rondo has officially announced his retirement from the NBA after 16 seasons.

During an appearance on the “All the Smoke” podcast, Rondo quickly responded when asked by host Matt Barnes if the NBA has seen the last of him.

“Absolutely,” said the 38-year-old point guard. “Yes I finished. I can't. I prefer to spend more time with my children.”

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A four-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, Rondo last played in the 2021-22 season with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

“What a time, it was definitely something I never took for granted when I was in the game,” Rondo said.

“I loved every minute of it and appreciate the sisterhood I was able to share, bond with, and grow over the years. I learned a lot in this game and it made me the man I am today. … I tell people all the time, this wasn’t a dream of mine, it was a goal. I managed to lock myself away, stay disciplined, I didn't party much in college. But it was worth the sacrifice to get where I wanted in life.”

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Rondo led the NBA in steals per game in 2009-10 and in assists per game in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2015-16. He made the league's all-defensive team four times and won NBA titles with the 2007-08 Boston Celtics and 2019-20 Lakers.

He averaged 9.8 points, 7.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 957 NBA games (733 starts) with the Celtics (2006-15), Dallas Mavericks (2015), Sacramento Kings (2015-16), Chicago Bulls (2016-17). ), New Orleans Pelicans (2017-18), Lakers (2018-20, 2021-22), Atlanta Hawks (2020-21), Los Angeles Clippers (2020-21) and Cavaliers (2021-22). –Field-level media

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