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Anthony Davis says Pelicans adding Rajon Rondo a ‘no-brainer’

Dallas Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo, left, passes around New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in New Orleans.
Dallas Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo, left, passes around New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in New Orleans. AP

The New Orleans Pelicans’ free-agent signing of former University of Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo definitely has Anthony Davis’ seal of approval.

“When I saw that we were trying to get him, it was a no-brainer,” the fellow former Wildcat said, according to a report on the team’s website. “I thought we should do it. When he said he wanted to come, it was definitely an exciting day for us, knowing that we had that point-guard position filled with a guy like Rondo. It can definitely help take us to the next level.”

Davis discussed the impact Rondo will have on the team’s lineup, which also includes ex-Cat DeMarcus Cousins and guard Jrue Holiday.

“He’s very smart,” Davis said. “He knows when to get guys involved, when to get guys shots. He reads defenses very well. His basketball IQ is definitely at another level. Some of the things he does, you can’t teach. He does a great job of knowing when to pass, when to take a shot, when to throw a pocket pass on a pick-and-roll, how to hold off defenders. I’m just glad we can add him to our team. …

“I’m very excited. He and I will do very well in pick-and-rolls, especially the way I dive to the basket, or I can pick-and-pop. He’s great at finding guys at the right times with the ball. Anyone who’s been in pick-and-rolls with him has been very successful. Hopefully we can do the same thing.”

Davis said Rondo will pair well in the backcourt with Holiday, who had been expected to be the Pelicans’ starting point guard but will now shift to shooting guard.

“They are two tenacious defenders,” Davis said. “Jrue is a stronger, taller defender, but Rondo has those long arms and huge hands. He does a great job of getting steals. Both of them, on the offensive and defensive end, I’m willing to put them up against any backcourt in the league.”

Go to Pelicans.com for more from Jim Eichenhofer’s report on Davis’ reaction to Rondo’s signing and more coverage of the team’s addition of the former Cat.

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

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