Free agent Rajon Rondo has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 15, 2017
Rondo has been a journey man over the past four seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, and now the New Orleans Pelicans after he spent his first nine years in the NBA with the Boston Celtics where he earned a championship ring in 2008.
Rondo met with the team Thursday and Saturday in Atlanta with team General Manager, Dell Demps and Pelicans Head Coach, Alvin Gentry. Rondo also has a strong relationship with current Pelicans all-star center Demarcus Cousins, former Sacramento Kings center, where they played together in the 2015-16 season.
New Orleans was $3.7M below the luxury tax heading in today. Spending more than $4.2M of the mid-level would hard cap the Pelicans.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 15, 2017
Last season with the Bulls, Rondo was in and out of the line up with front office issues and only started in 42 out of 69 games played. Rondo has been in the starting line up in every game since his sophomore year until last season. Although, he was still able to put up eight points and seven assists in 27 minutes.
The Pelicans re-signed Jrue Holiday to a five year, $126 million dollar contract on the first day of free agency. Rondo will be a solid back up to Holiday and they both could possibly be in the starting line up together as talked about by head coach Alvin Gentry.