Pelicans hopeful of re-signing Rondo

Rajon Rondo signed a one-year deal with the Lakers.

Despite signing Elfrid Payton, the New Orleans Pelicans remain hopeful they can re-sign Rajon Rondo, according to a report from the New York Times.

Rondo is a unrestricted free agent this summer and is seeking a multi-year deal, according to a report from John Gambadoro from ArizonaSports.com

Rondo spent this past season with the New Orleans Pelicans and built up his value. In 65 regular season games, Rondo averaged 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 8.2 assists, shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.

During the playoffs, Rondo took his game to another level. He posted 10.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 12.2 assists per game and helped the Pelicans sweep the Portland Trail Blazers in the first-round.

Per the report, the Pelicans would like to bring Rondo back, as the organization loved what he did for the development of star Anthony Davis and combo guard Jrue Holiday.

The Pelicans also have a big decision to make with DeMarcus Cousins, who is a unrestricted free agent. Cousins is coming off an Achilles’ tendon tear.

New Orleans has internally discussed offering Cousins a shorter-team deal for less than the full max.