Rondo underwent surgery Monday to address a sports hernia and will be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Rondo had been hopeful that he would be able to play through the sports hernia and serve as the Pelicans' starting point guard to begin the season, but after meeting with a specialist Monday, it was determined that the veteran would need surgery to address the matter. With Rondo out until at least early November, Jrue Holiday will presumably handle most of the ball-handling duties in the interim, opening up more minutes off the ball for Tony Allen and Jordan Crawford and more time at both guard spots for E'Twaun Moore and Ian Clark.
Rondo is reportedly dealing with a sports hernia and will be seeing a specialist to determine the next step on Monday, Sean Kelley of ESPN radio reports. Rondo's timetable for a return likely depends on whether or not he decides to undergo surgery or try and play through it, so we'll have to wait until he visits a specialist to see what route he ends up taking. Either way, it's certainly concerning for his availability to start the season, so continue to monitor the situation over the next few days. If Rondo does miss time, Jrue Holiday will likely shift back over to point guard, while guys like E'Twaun Moore, Tony Allen and Jordan Crawford pick up more minutes at shooting guard.
Rondo (groin) will sit out Sunday's preseason game against the Bulls. Rondo injured his groin during Friday's game against the Thunder. It's unclear how serious the injury is, though even a minor injury would probably be enough for the team to exercise extreme caution with their starting point guard during the preseason.
Rondo recorded five points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), eight assists, three rebounds and two steals across 31 minutes during Tuesday's 113-109 loss to the Bulls. There was little out of the ordinary for Rondo during his Pelicans debut. Though, he took three shots from beyond the arc, surpassing last season's average of 1.9 three-point attempts per game. It'll be interesting to see how effectively Rondo is able to space the floor with a very paint-oriented team, as it could be a crucial part of New Orleans' success this season.
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.
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