Rajon Rondo has apparently already found a new organization.
The veteran guard and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a one-year deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical. The move comes days removed from a report from Zach Lowe of ESPN, who noted that the two parties were slated to meet.
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. Lo and behold the club released both Rondo as well as fellow guard Isaiah Canaan.
Rondo, off a one-year stint with the Sacramento Kings, signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last summer, a window in which the organization also landed fellow guard Dwyane Wade in free agency. Rondo posted 7.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while his 6.7 assists per outing led the Bulls roster. He poured in 11 points and added 14 rebounds in his final contest of the season, which came against his former team in the Celtics.
However, a thumb injury kept him sidelined for the remainder of the campaign following Chicago’s 2-0 series lead in the opening round of the postseason, in which the Bulls lost four straight to the Celtics.
For his professional career as a whole, Rondo is averaging 10.7 points, 8.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals across 32.3 minutes per trip to the court. As it stands today, he has appeared in 714 regular-season games and made 634 starts.