The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent point guard Rajon Rondo, sources tell The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
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, 31, played in 69 games with the Bulls last season. He held per-game averages of 7.8 points and 6.7 assists in 26.7 minutes.
Rondo has made stops with Boston, where he won an NBA championship in 2008, Dallas, Sacramento and Chicago during his 11-year professional career.
He was waived by the Bulls in June after a one-season stint with the franchise.
Rondo joins a new Pelicans core of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, also two former Kentucky Wildcats, as well as guard Jrue Holiday, who was re-signed in free agency.
The Lakers reportedly made a strong push in recent days to bring Rondo on board, but declining the opportunity to play with close friend DeMarcus Cousins on a young, budding team with championship aspirations in New Orleans was likely too much to pass up for Rondo.
Rondo met with the Pelicans on Thursday in Atlanta and again on Saturday before committing to the deal, The Vertical reported.