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Rajon Rondo agrees to one-year deal with Pelicans

15 July 2017, 07:20 | Joan Schultz

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NEW ORLEANS LA- APRIL 02 Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo shoots against New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the against the Chicago Bulls

Lowe said the meeting between a contingent of Pelicans officials and Rondo in Louisville was "excellent", adding that the both sides are enthusiastic to carve out a deal.

The 31-year-old point guard originally began his National Basketball Association career back in 2006-07 as a member of the Boston Celtics. The Pelicans are intrigued with the idea of pairing Rondo next to Holiday for large chunks, allowing Holiday to play off the ball, per the report.

Even though New Orleans just re-signed point guard Jrue Holiday to a five-year, $126 million guaranteed deal, the Pelicans reportedly are interested in having Rondo fill a backup role to give Holiday more rest during the season.

For his professional career as a whole, Rondo is now averaging 10.7 points, 8.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals across 32.3 minutes per outing. He was waived by the Bulls in June after just one year with the team.

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In their lone season together, Rondo averaged a league-leading 11.7 assists per game, to along with 11.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals.

Despite Rondo's dip in production, he is still a four-time All-Star with the potential to be a two-way force and can get out in transition and set up teammates.

A four-time All-Star and an National Basketball Association champion in Boston, Rondo bounced around after eight-plus years with the Celtics. He also played one season for the Sacramento Kings in 2015-16 and 46 games for the Dallas Mavericks in 2014-15 after spending his first eight-plus campaigns with the Boston Celtics.

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