With big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins on the team, Kentucky fans already had plenty of reason to watch the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2017-18 NBA season. But Saturday brought yet another reason, as Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania reported former Wildcat star Rajon Rondo had agreed to a one-year deal with the Pelicans:
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 is coming off of a nice season with the Chicago Bulls, in which he scored 10.7 points per game while compiling 4.9 rebounds and 8.5 assists per contest. His play was a big reason why the eighth-seeded Bulls went up 2-0 against the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs before he suffered a broken thumb that kept him out for the remainder of the series.
With the Pelicans, Rondo figures to be Jrue Holiday’s primary backup. However, given Holiday’s extensive injury history, it would not be a surprise to see Rondo get a good amount of playing time, and he should mesh well with Davis and Cousins, two of the best big men in the league. Financial terms of Rondo’s deal have not been disclosed.