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Rajon Rondo Agrees To Deal With Pelicans


Though they didn’t make the NBA Playoffs last season, the Pelicans clearly have the most dominant frontcourt in the league in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The Pels offense will be obviously centered around AD and Boogie this coming season, and now they’ve added a playmaker to ensure that. Rajon Rondo, who averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists per game for the Bulls last season, has agreed to a one-year deal with New Orleans. Via Yahoo Sports:

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. Rondo, a four-time NBA All-Star, has met with Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and head coach Alvin Gentry and has strong relationships with star center DeMarcus Cousins and assistant coach Darren Erman.

Rondo played for the Chicago Bulls last season, averaging 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 69 games. He was in and out of the Bulls’ rotation at times, but was looked upon as a leader for younger Bulls players. Rondo flourished near the end of the season to lead Chicago to a 2-0 series lead over the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs before suffering a broken thumb. Boston went on to win the series 4-2.

In Rondo, the Pelicans envision a potential starting or reserve point guard alongside Jrue Holiday in the backcourt. Rondo is expected to provide the Pelicans with an additional player to run an offense centered around Anthony Davis and Cousins.

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