Rajon Rondo, four-time NBA All-Star, was one of the biggest names remaining on the free agent market. He has finally signed a one year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
According to Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski, the New Orleans Pelicans met with the veteran on Thursday, discussing the possibility of a one-year deal. Even though the Pels already re-signed Jrue Holiday to a five-year, $126 million deal, they’re contemplating the idea of having Rondo play alongside Holiday in the backcourt.
Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game with the Bulls. This led them being the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. He played great in Game 1 and 2 against the Boston Celtics in Round 1, putting up 11.5 points and 10.0 dimes, while pulling down 8.5 boards. Both of which were victories. A thumb injury ended his season.
In turn, the team snowballed into four straight losses for the Bulls.
If Rondo can play like he did in the playoffs and the Pelicans can improve their consistency by a couple of notches, the foursome of Rondo, Holiday, Anthony Davis, and Demarcus Cousins is pretty scary. Not to say they can compete with the Golden State Warriors, but a playoff berth would definitely be within reason.
It’s unclear whether the two parties will agree on a deal anytime soon, if at all. But, it is a signing that makes sense for both New Orleans and the former-Kentucky point guard. And with the offseason starting to slow down, it was a perfect time to pull the trigger.
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