Saturday, 18 November, 2017

New Orleans Pelicans, Rajon Rondo agree to 1-year deal, sources say

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Spencer Simpson | 16 July, 2017, 00:51

Rondo, a free agent, has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Pelicans.

The New Orleans Pelicans are adding another former Kentucky great to a roster highlighted by Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins: four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo.

The Pelicans will start Jrue Holiday at the point - they just overpaid him to keep him (they had no choice) - and Rondo is now his most reliable backup.

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.

After the Chicago Bulls waived point guard Rajon Rondo earlier this summer, the controversial star has found a new home.

The 31-year-old veteran agreed to a one-year deal to join his fifth team, following a lone season with the Chicago Bulls.

In 69 games with the Chicago Bulls, Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game. However, he did have a strong playoff series against Boston, and was key in the Bulls jumping out to a lead in that first round match-up, which Boston eventually overcame. He record 237 assists to Cousins - his most assists to one player in a single season.

Rondo averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists previous year with the Bulls, marks that were significantly lower than his career averages of 10.7 points and 8.5 assists. But Rondo missed the rest of that series with a broken thumb.

Rondo has become a journeyman late in his career.

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