Rondo has agreed to join the Pelicans on a one-year deal, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Rondo, who was waived by the Bulls late in June after an up-and-down season, has opted to join the Pelicans on a one-year contract. Rondo, who spent his college days at Kentucky, will be joining fellow Kentucky products Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Rondo has actually already spent a year playing with Cousins at the NBA level back in 2015-16, when he was a member of the Kings for a season. He averaged 11.9 points, 11.7 rebounds, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals across 35.2 minutes per game that season. While Rondo likely won't garner that kind of workload next season in New Orleans considering his subpar statistics last year and the presence of point guard Jrue Holiday, it's possible that the Pelicans' coaching staff moves Holiday to shooting guard at times to allow both of them to be on the floor. While Holiday's true position is point guard, the Pelicans lack backcourt depth and he shot a sufficient 35.6 percent from deep last season. That, combined with the fact that Rondo shares some chemistry with Cousins and Davis already, means that a bounce-back year could be in store for the veteran.
Rondo was released by the Bulls on Friday, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. After an up-and-down season with the Bulls full of changing roles and teammate tension, Rondo was released by the Bulls on Friday. The move likely comes as a result of the Bulls moving star wing Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves partly in exchange for second-year point guard Kris Dunn, who was drafted with the fifth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Last season, Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals across 26.7 minutes per game while shooting 40.8 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from deep. His career has taken a large hit since his heated exit from the Mavericks in the middle of the 2015 playoffs and the market for his services could be pretty thin following a subpar 2016-17 campaign.
Coach Fred Hoiberg said Friday that Rondo (thumb) is unlikely to return if the Bulls force a Game 7, K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune reports. In hindsight, while Rondo has been known for playing through serious injuries, it looks as if there was never a real chance that the point guard would return to this first-round series after breaking his thumb. Fred Hoiberg will likely continue to use Isaiah Canaan in his starting lineup after his 13-point performance in Game 6, but given that the team's back is against the wall, another change could potentially be in store.
Rondo (thumb) is officially listed as out for Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports. Coach Fred Hoiberg indicated earlier Thursday that Rondo was a long shot to play in Friday's contest, so this falls in line with his original belief. That said, Rondo is known for playing through pain, so it's still worth it to monitor his status following Friday's morning shootaround just in case he's a late addition to the active roster. Isaiah Canaan has been announced as the team's starting point guard for the second straight contest after posting 13 points, two rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes during Game 5.
Head coach Fred Hoiberg indicated Thursday that it is a 'long shot' that Rondo (thumb) plays in Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports. Rondo is dealing with a thumb fracture and torn ligaments in his wrist, injuries that have forced him to miss three games of the Bulls' first-round series against Boston. Isaiah Canaan will get the start in his place but is a significant downgrade from Rondo, who was playing excellent basketball before getting injured, averaging 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists through the first two games of the playoffs. Rondo will reportedly attempt to get a workout in Thursday night, but the chances of him participating in Game 6, and Game 7 if necessary, are slim.
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