Ex-Kings Guard to Reunite With DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans

Rajon Rondo, who spent last year dipping in and out of the Chicago Bulls' rotations, has agreed on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

The Pelicans will start Jrue Holiday at the point - they just overpaid him to keep him (they had no choice) - and Rondo is now his most reliable backup.

Since leaving the Boston Celtics, where he emerged as a star and won an National Basketball Association title, Rondo has bounced around the league as a middling player.

Rajon Pierre Rondo, from Louisville, played at Kentucky for 2 seasons before being drafted by the Suns and traded to the Celtics.

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Rondo and the Pelicans have agreed to a one-year deal.

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On Thursday, ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Pelicans were meeting with Rondo.

Rondo played in 69 games with the Chicago Bulls last season and averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds.

Rondo has career averages of 10.7 points and 8.5 assists over 11 National Basketball Association seasons.

Rondo, however, missed the rest of the series with a thumb injury, and Chicago lost the next four games. In joining the Pelicans, the 11-year veteran point guard will be reunited with former Sacramento Kings teammate DeMarcus Cousin, with whom he grew close during the 2015-16 season. His 37.6 percent on 3-pointers was the best percentage of Rondo's career, though he attempted fewer than two shots from the arc per game.

This will be Rondo's fifth team dating to the 2014-15 season.

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