The New Orleans Pelicans made one of the biggest moves during the 2016-2017 season by acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings via a trade. The best part about this trade for New Orleans was they only had to give up Buddy Hield Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a first and second round pick in exchange for Cousins. Many were very surprised that New Orleans was able to get Cousins for giving up so little.
Earlier today, the Pelicans made yet another great addition to their roster for this upcoming season by acquiring veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.
Rondo’s short-lived stint in the windy city with the Chicago Bulls was a big disappointment as he only averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists per game. To make things worse, he threw a wrench in Chicago’s chemistry as a team by publicly calling out Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade.
Here's Rajon Rondo's Instagram post basically calling out D-Wade & Jimmy Butler, a day after Wade/Butler questioned their teammates' drive. pic.twitter.com/dsjXQYr3uR
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 27, 2017
Nonetheless, the Bulls did figure things out come playoff time. The 2-0 lead they held over the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs was mainly due to the amazing play by a rejuvenated Rondo. After struggling all year, he looked like he was his young-self playing for the Celtics again.
Unfortunately, Rondo remained absent for the rest of the series due to a broken thumb. The Celtics would go on to win the next four games and move on to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Earlier this week, The New Orleans Pelicans secured Jrue Holiday for the next five years in a deal that could give him around $150 million when it expires.
It was the reported that the Pelicans wanted to move Holiday away from the point guard position and give him more opportunities to look to score first instead of distributing. The acquisition of rondo fills this gap perfectly as he has always been a pass-first guard.