Rajon Rondo reportedly signs with Pelicans


Free agent guard Rajon Rondo will meet with the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday regarding a potential one-year deal, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

Since leaving the Boston Celtics, where he emerged as a star and won an National Basketball Association title, Rondo has bounced around the league as a middling player.

The 31-year-old veteran agreed to a one-year deal to join his fifth team, following a lone season with the Chicago Bulls. But he had a run-in with assistant coach Jim Boylen and was briefly bench by the Bulls in January. The meeting reportedly went well and the two sides could begin contract discussions as early as Thursday.

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The Pelicans will start Jrue Holiday at the point - they just overpaid him to keep him (they had no choice) - and Rondo is now his most reliable backup. He suffered a thumb fracture in Game 2, however, and was unable to play again in the series; the Celtics swept the next four games. It's possible Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry will use the two guards together at times, with Holiday playing off the ball.

This reunites Rondo and Cousins, who not only teammates in Sacramento but also each other's best friends in that fractured locker room.

In the late stages of June, the Bulls were likely to soak up Rondo's full $3 million cap hit for this year rather than stretch it out over the duration of the next three years. In 72 games for the Kings, Rondo averaged 11.9 points and a league-leading 11.7 assists.