Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Pelicans, Rajon Rondo reportedly agree to one-year deal

Pelicans, Rajon Rondo reportedly agree to one-year deal

This summer has been especially insane in the National Basketball Association as there were a flurry of signings and trades from the onset.

Rondo met with the Pelicans on Thursday and again Saturday in Atlanta before committing to a contract with New Orleans, league sources told The Vertical.

The meeting reportedly went well, and Rondo and the Pelicans could begin negotiations as early as Friday (AEDT).

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Pelicans think Rondo could be on the floor at the same time as guard Jrue Holiday, who recently signed a five-year, $126 million guaranteed deal, whose value can increase up to $150 million with incentives.

Rondo is obviously at the tail end of his career, which is why it makes sense that this would be a one-year rental.

The Chicago Bulls waived Rondo on June 30 after just one season.

Rondo averaged just 7.8 points per game with the Bulls, which was his lowest mark since he was a rookie.

However, Rondo missed the rest of the series due to a broken thumb, allowing the Celtics to sweep the next four games.

The free-agent market has started to dry up, but the Pelicans are hoping the possible addition of Rondo can get them back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

New Orleans doesn't even have to look past his 2016-17 campaign for optimism considering Rondo shined in two playoff games for the Bulls, tallying 11.5 points, 10.0 assists and 8.5 rebounds a night as the No. 8 seed took a 2-0 advantage over the No. 1-seeded Celtics.

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