Rajon Rondo agrees to one-year deal with the Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent point guard Rajon Rondo.

Rondo, an 11-year vet, had a tumultuous run with the Bulls last season before suffering a fractured thumb in their first round postseason matchup against the Boston Celtics.

He also called out veterans Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler in an Instagram post in January after they had publicly criticized some of their other teammates. However, he did have a strong playoff series against Boston, and was key in the Bulls jumping out to a lead in that first round match-up, which Boston eventually overcame.

Rondo met with Alvin Gentry and Dell Demps on Thursday, and again Saturday in Atlanta before committing according to reports.

The Pelicans did not now have a traditional backup point guard after trading Tim Frazier to the Washington Wizards for a second-round pick.

Rondo previously played with Cousins in Sacramento.

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.

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg benched Rondo around the halfway mark of the season, but after trying a number of different combinations, he finally brought him back into the starting lineup as the team pushed for a playoff spot. Chicago Bulls?in which he averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists - well below his career averages of 10.7 points and 8.5 assists per game.

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