New Orleans Pelicans, Rajon Rondo agree to one-year deal

An NBA champion with the Boston Celtics (2008), Rondo will sign a 1-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed in principle on a one-year deal with Rajon Rondo. In joining the Pelicans, the 11-year veteran point guard will be reunited with former Sacramento Kings teammate DeMarcus Cousin, with whom he grew close during the 2015-16 season.

He owns a championship ring with a title in Boston. But he had a run-in with assistant coach Jim Boylen and was briefly bench by the Bulls in January.

Rondo will nearly certainly not be a starter for the Pelicans, who just inked point guard Jrue Holiday to a massive five-year contract.

Rondo, however, missed the rest of the series with a thumb injury, and Chicago lost the next four games. It's possible Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry will use the two guards together at times, with Holiday playing off the ball.

This will be Rondo's fifth team dating to the 2014-15 season.

With the Pelicans, Rondo will once again share the court with Cousins, a volatile personality in his own right. Chicago Bulls?in which he averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists - well below his career averages of 10.7 points and 8.5 assists per game.

In the late stages of June, the Bulls were likely to soak up Rondo's full $3 million cap hit for this year rather than stretch it out over the duration of the next three years.

  • Rosalie Stanley