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The New Orleans Pelicans and free agent point guard Rajon Rondo are holding discussions on a possible one-year deal, according to a report by ESPN.
The Chicago Bulls waived Rondo after just one season, as Rondo only had $3 million of his contract for the 2017-18 season guaranteed out of his $13.4 million team option.
Pelicans officials are meeting with Rajon Rondo today in Louisville about a possible one-year deal, league sources tell ESPN.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 13, 2017
Per the report, the Pelicans envision a scenario where Rondo and Jrue Holiday can play together in the backcourt.
Rondo played with Pelicans star big man DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento during the 2015-16 season and the two formed a strong bond with one another.
One source briefed on the meeting said it was “excellent,” and the Pelicans and Rondo could begin negotiations as soon as Thursday, as there’s enthusiasm on both sides to try and work out an agreement, league sources told ESPN.
Rondo had an up-and-down season with the Bulls in 2016-17.
He began the year as the starter at point, then was benched in the middle of the season and also got into an argument with an assistant coach, for which he was fined for.
Rondo then regained his starting job toward the end of the season and played his best basketball of the year in the Bulls’ first two road wins against the Boston Celtics in the playoffs – averaging 11.5 points, 10.0 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals on 42.3 percent shooting from the field.
A hand injury, however, forced Rondo to miss the rest of the Celtics series and the Bulls lost four games in a row to end their season.
The young players on the Bulls raved about Rondo’s leadership skills and his ability to mentor them during adverse situations.
Rondo has previously held talks this summer with the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.