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New Orleans Pelicans announce addition of Rajon Rondo

Former Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo drives toward the basket during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston April 18, 2017. The New Orleans Pelicans announced Thursday they have signed Rondo.
Former Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo drives toward the basket during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston April 18, 2017. The New Orleans Pelicans announced Thursday they have signed Rondo. AP

The New Orleans Pelicans officially have their guy.

The team announced Thursday it has signed veteran guard Rajon Rondo. While the team did not release the terms of the deal, The Advocate cited a source saying Rondo’s one-year deal is $3.3 million.

According to the site, it’s Rondo’s smallest annual contract since he broke into the league. The Advocate points out that Rondo will receive an additional $3 million from his former team, the Chicago Bulls, after being waived prior to the start of free agency. Former Biloxi standout Isaiah Canaan was also waived by the Bulls at the same time.

“We are excited to welcome Rajon to the New Orleans Pelicans,” Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said in a release. “Throughout his NBA career, Rajon has showed that he’s a great competitor, leader and teammate with significant playoff experience.”

Originally drafted 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns in 2006, Rondo has played 714 career games with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Bulls.

During that span, Rondo averaged 10.7 points, 8.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals. In 69 games last season, Rondo, who is a four-time NBA All-Star and a member of the Celtics’ 2008 championship squad, averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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