Ex-Cats

Pelicans to sign Rajon Rondo, giving them 4 ex-Cats on next season’s roster

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Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. AP

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed in principle on a one-year deal with Rajon Rondo.

The person said Rondo is expected to sign his contract next week and the terms are still being finalized. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

The deal joins Rondo with fellow Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, plus ex-Cat Darius Miller has also reportedly agreed to sign a contract with the team.

Another former Cat, James Young, played for the Pelicans’ summer league squad in an audition for the team’s roster. He has not signed with the team for the upcoming season, though.

The addition of Rondo will give Coach Alvin Gentry the flexibility to play Jrue Holiday more at shooting guard, an effective position for him in the past.

Rondo was a four-time All-Star and won a championship with the Boston Celtics. But he has bounced from Dallas to Sacramento to Chicago in the last three seasons.

Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds last season with the Bulls.

Those numbers improved to 11.5 points, 10.0 assists and 8.5 rebounds in the first two games of Chicago’s playoffs series against the Celtics. But Rondo missed the rest of that series with a broken thumb.

Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement.

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