Rajon Rondo Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans

Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston Tuesday
Rajon Rondo meets with Pelicans, could be reunited with DeMarcus Cousins
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16 July, 2017

According to USA Today, the former Chicago Bulls point guard agreed to a one-year deal with the Pelicans on Saturday.

Free agent Rajon Rondo has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources tell The Vertical.

Rondo, 31, spent his first eight full National Basketball Association seasons with Boston, helping the Celtics win the 2008 championship and reach the Finals again in 2010.

He also called out veterans Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler in an Instagram post in January after they had publicly criticized some of their other teammates.

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ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that the Pelicans are meeting with Rajon Rondo on Thursday. However he surged in the playoffs, helping lead the Chicago Bulls to upset victories over #1 seed Boston, before a broken thumb ended his season.

New Orleans pursued Rondo for his ability to serve as a backup to Jrue Holiday, who earlier this summer signed a five-year, $126 million deal to stay with New Orleans. The Bulls went on to lose the final four games to lose the series. It's possible Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry will use the two guards together at times, with Holiday playing off the ball. This will be his fifth different team in the last three seasons. Rondo was routinely praised by his teammates for mentoring the team's younger players.

For his professional career as a whole, Rondo is averaging 10.7 points, 8.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals across 32.3 minutes per trip to the court.


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