Pelicans meeting with Rajon Rondo about potential one-year deal

Ross Houston
July 15, 2017

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

The Pelicans re-signed Jrue Holiday to a five-year, $126 million guaranteed deal that could be worth more than $150 million with incentives, but they were intrigued by the possibility of shifting Holiday off the ball for large chunks of games, sources told ESPN. Rondo posted 7.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while his 6.7 assists per outing led the Bulls roster.

Make that two point guards getting a pay day with the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason. He previously played for the Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics.

Rondo apparently would serve as Holiday's backup if he joined him, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and New Orleans.

If he performs like he did in his two postseason contests with the Bulls and during his prime with the Celtics, the Pelicans will have landed one of the steals of free agency.

Rondo, however, missed the rest of the series with a thumb injury, and Chicago lost the next four games.

The Bulls traded forward Jimmy Butler the night of the NBA Draft, paving the way for a rebuild that included declining their team option on Rondo. He was a starter on the Celtics' 2008 championship team.

Rondo has career averages of 10.7 points and 8.5 assists over 11 National Basketball Association seasons.

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