DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are reunited, and it feels so good.
Scott Kushner of The Advocate reports on Saturday that Cousins was “pivotal” in recruiting Rondo to the New Orleans Pelicans.
League source said DeMarcus Cousins played a "pivotal" role in bringing Rajon Rondo to the #Pelicans.
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) July 15, 2017
Cousins and Rondo were previously teammates on the Sacramento Kings in 2015-16, a year that saw Cousins average 26.9 points per game (a career-high for him at the time) and Rondo lead the NBA in assists with 11.7 a game. Both players also attended college at the University of Kentucky.
The New Orleans Pelicans are getting some veteran help in their backcourt, as they have reportedly signed free agent point guard Rajon Rondo.
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Rondo and the Pelicans have agreed to a one-year deal.
Free agent Rajon Rondo has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 15, 2017
Rondo had drawn interest from a number of teams and recently met with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 31-year-old averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game with the Chicago Bulls last season. He was largely responsible for Chicago taking a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics in the playoffs before missing the remainder of the postseason with a thumb injury.
With Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins now joining Anthony Davis, the Pelicans have a chance to contend in the Eastern Conference.
The Los Angeles Lakers bolstered their backcourt on Tuesday by signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a two-year deal, but that apparently has not stopped their pursuit of Rajon Rondo.
Shortly after word surfaced that the Lakers had signed Caldwell-Pope, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN noted that the team is still trying to find a way to add Rondo.
Sources: Despite committing $18M for Caldwell-Pope, Lakers still trying to find a way to sign Rondo. Lakers have a $4.3M exception to use. https://t.co/4tGvW70sro
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2017
Wojnarowski reported earlier in the day that Rondo had met with Lakers president Magic Johnson, which would indicate the level of interest is high. That would be consistent with what we have heard over the past few weeks.
The Lakers are trying to stick to one-year deals for players to they can have as much salary cap space as possible for next summer’s loaded free agent pool. The belief is that will try to sign both LeBron James and Paul George.
Rondo, 31, averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game with the Chicago Bulls last season. He was largely responsible for the Bulls jumping out to a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics in the playoffs, but a thumb injury forced him to miss the remainder of the series. Rondo has been linked to several other teams since the Bulls waived him.
The New York Knicks and free agent point guard Rajon Rondo continue to have mutual interest, according to a report.
ESPN’s Ian Begley reported Sunday that the two sides remain in touch, with the Knicks considering several veteran point guards. New York would likely need to clear cap space to bring Rondo in, but a Carmelo Anthony trade could do that.
Begley notes that Rondo does not have the unanimous backing of Knicks decision-makers, but his work as a mentor in Sacramento and Chicago has been praised, and the Knicks hope to find someone who can help rookie Frank Ntilikina grow.
This is more or less the status quo from a few days ago. While the Knicks may have a few different guards on their radar, Rondo’s name keeps coming up in connection with the team.
The New York Knicks are hoping to groom first-round pick Frank Ntilikina into their point guard of the future, and they are reportedly considering signing Rajon Rondo to mentor the young Frenchman.
The Knicks are exploring options for a veteran point guard, and ESPN’s Ian Begley reports that Rondo has emerged as a “strong” option for them. Rondo has always been considered one of the better passers in the NBA, and the Knicks believe he could help teach Ntilikina the importance of sharing the ball and keeping everyone involved.
Begley notes that there is not consensus among the Knicks organization involving Rondo, as some members are not all that high on the 31-year-old.
The Knicks could still bring back Derrick Rose, but there’s a sense that re-signing him was more likely before Phil Jackson’s departure. Former Utah Jazz point guard Shelvin Mack could also be an option.
New York has also been contacted by the Boston Celtics about a potential Marcus Smart trade, according to Begley. The Celtics need to dump salary now that they’ve signed Gordon Hayward, but the Knicks are rebuilding and probably don’t want to give up any draft picks for someone like Smart.
Rondo is said to be interested in two teams that have a much better chance of contending than the Knicks, but he’ll likely go where the money takes him.
A few more free agents made decisions on Tuesday, and that’s expected to have a domino effect. One such domino to fall next could be Rajon Rondo.
According to a few Los Angeles reporters, Rondo has interest in signing with the Lakers.
Don't expect anything to happen with the Lakers and Rajon Rondo today, per source. But Rondo still very interested in Lakers.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 4, 2017
I'm told Lakers haven't followed up with Rajon Rondo since recent talks. But his camp expects to hear back soon with George Hill off market.
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) July 4, 2017
Rondo was recently waived by the Chicago Bulls. He also is said to have interest in the Clippers. The veteran point guard has also been linked to the Pacers and Knicks.
Rondo, 31, has been with four teams since 2013.
- Rajon Rondo
The Los Angeles Clippers are in need of some help at guard now that Chris Paul has moved on to the Houston Rockets, and Rajon Rondo is one veteran they could take a look at.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.com is reporting that Rondo has interest in the Clippers.
Hearing Rajon Rondo would be interested in the Clippers. He likes Los Angeles. Also, he has friends on the team and history with Doc Rivers.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 2, 2017
Is the interest mutual? That remains to be seen. Rondo, who was recently waived by the Chicago Bulls, played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston and helped the Celtics win a championship back in 2008. Based on some of the things we heard in the past about Rondo’s relationship with Rivers, you have to wonder if L.A. would want nothing to do with the 31-year-old.
Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game last season. He was arguably Chicago’s best player in its playoff series against the Boston Celtics and led the team to a 2-0 series lead before being sidelined with a fractured thumb.