Shams Charania: Sources: Free agent Rajon Rondo has signed his one-year deal with New Orleans for $3.3M.
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Bobby Marks: The $3.3M Rajon Rondo contract now has the Pelicans $486K below the luxury tax. New Orleans has 12 guaranteed and 3 non-guaranteed/partial contracts. The protection on Axel Toupane will increase to $200K if not waived by July 25. In addition the contract of Quinn Cook will become guaranteed $100K if he is not waived by July 25. Both players currently count $50K against the Pelicans guaranteed money.
Free-agent guard Rajon Rondo has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.
Rondo met with the Pelicans on Thursday and again Saturday in Atlanta before committing to a contract with New Orleans, league sources told The Vertical. Rondo, a four-time NBA All-Star, has met with Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and head coach Alvin Gentry and has strong relationships with star center DeMarcus Cousins and assistant coach Darren Erman.
In Rondo, the Pelicans envision a potential starting or reserve point guard alongside Jrue Holiday in the backcourt. Rondo is expected to provide the Pelicans with an additional player to run an offense centered around Anthony Davis and Cousins.
Jeff Zillgitt: Can confirm Rajon Rondo is headed to the Pelicans on a one-year deal. Two sides working on financial terms right now. @Shams Charania first.
Bobby Marks: New Orleans was $3.7M below the luxury tax heading in today. Spending more than $4.2M of the mid-level would hard cap the Pelicans.
Shams Charania: Free agent Rajon Rondo has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources tell The Vertical.
One source briefed on the meeting said it was “excellent,” and the Pelicans and Rondo could begin negotiations as soon as Thursday, as there’s enthusiasm on both sides to try and work out an agreement, league sources told ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pelicans see Rondo-Holiday on floor together. There’s real traction on a possible deal, league sources tell @ZachLowe and me.
Zach Lowe: Pelicans officials are meeting with Rajon Rondo today in Louisville about a possible one-year deal, league sources tell ESPN.
Tania Ganguli: By the way, Rajon Rondo and Tyler Ennis are still under consideration by the Lakers. They haven’t decided yet how to proceed.
Tania Ganguli: Can confirm the Lakers met with Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope today. Still have about $17M to give someone on a 1-year deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent guard Rajon Rondo met with Lakers president Magic Johnson in Los Angeles today, league sources tell ESPN.
On the point guard front, the Knicks are looking at several different veterans and hope to bring one in on a short-term deal. One free agent they’ve remained in touch with is Rajon Rondo, per sources. There is interest from both sides, sources say. Rondo has clashed with members of his previous organizations, but young players in Chicago and Sacramento rave about his ability to mentor and develop them. That’s what the Knicks are looking for — someone to help guide rookie Frank Ntilikina.
Ian Begley: There remains mutual interest between the Knicks and free agent point guard Rajon Rondo, per league sources. Both sides are in touch as the Knicks continue to search for a veteran point guard. Rondo is likely one of several guards they are considering. New York has less than $2 million in cap space and a $4.3 million exception to offer free agents at the moment. But the club may create cap space via trade; the Knicks remain interested in trading Carmelo Anthony. There isn’t unanimous support in the organization for signing Rondo. But it’s worth noting that young players in Sacramento and Chicago have raved about Rondo’s mentorship and his ability to assist with player development. The Knicks are looking for a mentor to rookie Frank Ntilikina.
The Lakers have insisted on remaining patient while they evaluate their options, which include recently waived guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, veteran guard Rajon Rondo, veteran guard Rodney Stuckey and 22-year-old guard Tyler Ennis, according to league sources. The Lakers also pursued Boston guard Avery Bradley before the Celtics ultimately traded him to Detroit to help clear salary cap space.
The Knicks have touched base with free agents Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Shelvin Mack. They were also in contact with George Hill and Darren Collison, but both guards signed elsewhere.
Ian Begley: The Knicks continue to be in touch with Rajon Rondo. ESPN reported on the first day of free agency that the Knicks touched base with both Rondo and Darren Collison, though there was no substantive conversation regarding either player. The Knicks have continued to be in touch with Rondo, sources confirm. But there is no scheduled meeting yet. Some people in touch with the Knicks recently came away with the impression that NYK didn’t have strong interest in Rondo. The Knicks are looking for a point guard to mentor Frank Ntilikina, according to sources. Derrick Rose and Shelvin Mack are other point guards on their radar. The Knicks heard from the Celtics, who are open to trading Marcus Smart. The club’s interest in Smart is not know. The Knicks’ most-recent contact with Rondo was first reported by Basketball Insiders.
Stefan Bondy: Knicks have not set up a meeting with Rajon Rondo, according to a source.
Al Iannazzone: Knicks have reached out about Rajon Rondo, but no meeting has been arranged as of yet, source says.
Michael Scotto: Story: New York Knicks have spoken to free agent point guard Rajon Rondo, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Rose is still in play, but the Knicks have had only internal discussions about point guard Rajon Rondo and have yet to contact his agent. But they are monitoring the situation, according to a source. They have already contacted the agent for Shelvin Mack, the Jazz’s free-agent point guard. The Knicks are trying to find a veteran to mentor Frank Ntilikina.
Rose is still in play, but the Knicks have had only internal discussions about point guard Rajon Rondo and have yet to contact his agent. But they are monitoring the situation, according to a source.
Ramona Shelburne: From the dominoes waiting to fall department: Knicks continue to speak with Dion Waiters. Lakers meeting tomorrow on Waiters/Rondo etc
Brad Turner: Don’t expect anything to happen with the Lakers and Rajon Rondo today, per source. But Rondo still very interested in Lakers.
Ian Begley: Remaining FA PGs that NYK has reportedly touched base with: Rose, Hill, Rondo, Mack. NY didn’t have strong interest in Rondo as of yesterday
The Lakers see Rondo as a candidate for a one-year deal, having become something of a journeyman lately. They also see him as a potential mentor for rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. In Chicago last season, Rondo was hailed as a great teammate by the Bulls’ younger players. Chicago waived him last week.
Brad Turner: Lakers and Rajon Rondo have mutual interest, source said. Rondo’s rep made initial contact with Lakers Friday night. No deal in place.
Brad Turner: Rondo gauging interest from other teams. Lakers let it be known they are offering just one-year deals.
Tania Ganguli: One thing to keep in mind about Rondo: Kobe Bryant likes him and said years ago they had similar mentalities. And if you think Kobe’s opinion on someone is irrelevant to today’s Lakers, you haven’t been paying attention.
Alex Kennedy: 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.
The Knicks have been in touch with Derrick Rose, Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo. Another option would be Shelvin Mack.
Ian Begley: The Knicks have reached out to both Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison, per league sources.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers spoke with free agents Andre Iguodala and Rajon Rondo tonight, league sources tell @espn.
Ramona Shelburne: Among the FAs the Lakers called tonight: Iggy, Rondo & Ben McLemore
Dwyane Wade: I wanna say thank you to @RajonRondo for putting any personal history we had behind us from the Boston days. I enjoyed learning from you!
Chris Mannix: Possible Rondo landing spot: Minnesota. Rondo sort of Rubio Lite, but Thibs saw the best of him in Boston–and loves his swagger.
Marc J. Spears: The Bulls have waived guards Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Canaan.
Nick Friedell: Remains very likely that Rondo will be waived by Bulls later today. Bulls looking to go younger — want to give young PGs plenty of mins.
Fittingly for a season that featured so many right turns, all signs point to the Bulls waiving Rondo for the $3 million that’s guaranteed on his $13.4 million team option — just weeks after they said they wanted him back. Of course, those comments came before the June 22 trade of Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves, which signaled a rebuild.
Sources said the Bulls and Rondo’s representatives discussed re-signing the veteran guard at a lower salary. But that’s a long shot scenario.
KC Johnson: Reported last week that Bulls had discussed waiving Rondo for $3M and trying to re-sign him at lower number. Vibe remains that’s longshot.
The Bulls insist they have made no formal decision on whether to pick up Rondo’s $13.4 million option or waive him for the $3 million guarantee by that deadline. But while the Bulls greatly value Rondo’s talent and teaching and mentoring ability, they also know their young point guards Kris Dunn and Cameron Payne need to play. And they also still have Jerian Grant. According to sources, one option being considered is waiving Rondo and trying to re-sign him at a lower salary.
As for Rajon Rondo, the third Alpha, the Bulls publicly stated in April their intention to pick up his $13.4 million option for next season. Rondo’s representatives are still under the impression that will happen, although how Butler’s situation resolves could factor into that decision.
In the process, Butler also acknowledged that he would like for Rajon Rondo’s team option to be picked up this summer. “Of course,” Butler said. “He’s been huge for us this year, man.”
In fact, Rondo is so content that he offered the same answer when asked if he would want to return even if Dwyane Wade opts out of the second year of his contract. “Yes,” Rondo said. “This team was put together in a couple months with, I think, 10 new guys. It’s hard to jell that quickly, especially if guys don’t have the right mindset. Organizations have to give guys a little bit of time to grow and learn each other.
For the first time, Rajon Rondo answered affirmatively — and without hesitation — when asked Tuesday if he hopes the Bulls pick up a team option for him to return next season. “Yeah, I like where I’m at. I think we have a really good team,” Rondo said. “We made a big trade halfway through the season. All the things this year with 45 different lineups, we still made it to the playoffs. Right now, just try to stay consistent as possible and develop some chemistry.”
Rondo said he is focused on finishing this season strongly for the Bulls and not what the future holds. “I’m not really thinking about next year as far as where I will be. I’m going to stay here. I’m going to stay present. I’m not going to waste away any time. I’m a Chicago Bull. A good group of guys. I’m just trying to lead by example and play as hard as I can,” Rondo said.
With only $3 million of Rondo’s 2017-18 salary guaranteed, Chicago really only risked one year on the tempestuous point guard. (Though league sources insist the Bulls brass hasn’t ruled out bringing Rondo back next season.
With only $3 million of Rondo’s 2017-18 salary guaranteed, Chicago really only risked one year on the tempestuous point guard. (Though league sources insist the Bulls brass hasn’t ruled out bringing Rondo back next season.)
“It’s a little different,” he said. “I have to figure out, even more carefully, what I choose to do, and who I choose to play for.”
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has signed guard Rajon Rondo. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.
“We are very excited to add Rajon to our organization. He is a tremendous competitor and a championship-level player. He is a battle-tested veteran who has been an All-Star and NBA Champion. He is a terrific distributor and playmaker who we feel be a great addition to our team,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman.
Vincent Goodwill: Being told “mutual option” on year 2 with Bulls and Rondo. That will be interesting. Rondo’s mutual option means the Bulls and Rondo each have the option after year 1 to walk away or continue. Player and team option.
Vincent Goodwill: With the “mutual option”, Rondo and Bulls working on the language as far as dates/guarantees. I’ll clarify when given…clarity
Sam Amick: Rajon Rondo to the Bulls for two years, $30 million I’m told. @Marc J. Spears reported $28 mil, but he’s Chi-town bound nonetheless. There are no options on Rajon Rondo’s two-year, $30 million deal with the Bulls, I’m told. All guaranteed money.
Sam Amick: Correction: on the second year of the Rajon Rondo deal to Chicago, I’m told there’s a “mutual buyout.” Specifics unclear, though.
Marc J. Spears: “I’m excited. Great organization with pieces around me that I’m excited about,” @Rajon Rondo told @TheUndefeated about going to @Chicago Bulls
Marc J. Spears: Bulls to sign guard Rajon Rondo to a two-year, $28 million deal, he confirmed to @TheUndefeated.
David Aldridge: Kings, moving on from Rajon Rondo, are comfortable with Darren Collison as their starter next season, I’m told. Will look for backup PG.
At point guard, the Kings don’t intend to re-sign Rajon Rondo, according to league sources, leaving them with just Darren Collison and rookie Isaiah Cousins at the position.
Marc J. Spears: Kings FA PG Rajon Rondo getting interest from Kings, Bulls, Sixers & possibly Pelicans, source told @TheUndefeated. Anthony Davis a Rondo fan.
Scott Kushner: Source claims #Pelicans have no interest in PG Rajon Rondo, despite reports to the contrary.
Chris Mannix: New Orleans among the teams expressing interest in Rajon Rondo, league sources told @The Vertical. Rondo led the NBA in assists last season.
Marc J. Spears: Along with Bulls, Rajon Rondo had previous interest in Knicks & Nets but both have landed PGs. Rajon Rondo also open minded about Kings-Cuz reunion.
Marc Stein: Rajon Rondo indeed had a free-agent meeting today with the Bulls in Chicago, league sources tell @MarcJSpears and me
KC Johnson: Rajon Rondo met with Bulls in Chicago today, per sources.
Vincent Goodwill: Yes Rajon Rondo has been spotted at O’Hare airport. And yes he and the Bulls have talked, per a source. No word of a deal
Alex Kennedy: Rajon Rondo remains a possibility for the Brooklyn Nets. Hearing there’s some mutual interest there. Nothing imminent though.
Sam Amick: As for Rajon Rondo, it sounds as if that situation may take some time to play out. Other pieces (SG, stretch four) will be prioritized.
The Nets have landed a meeting with with Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo, one of the best point guards on the free-agent market, The Post has learned.
Brian Lewis: The #Nets will meet with free agent point guard Rajon Rondo, according to sources. #NBAFreeAgency
Jacob Rude: Can I report on this? – Steve Kyler: If you want — add Rajon Rondo and Brandon Jennings to the report both are said to be mutually interested in Nets.
Anthony Puccio: We’ve heard Rondo’s interest in NY, but it’s still unclear whether #Nets would take that route. Desire for international talent is evident.
Anthony Puccio: Hearing a lot of Rondo/BKN rumors the past few days. Was told by a source that he’d love to play in NY. Knicks have Rose. #Nets need a PG.
Rondo may or may not be part of the Kings’ future. He is open to new opportunities. At 30, this may be the last big contract of his career, and he understands that his maturity, leadership, and production have been questioned. “I envision a great summer,” he said. “Hopefully I can sign me another deal and get another job. If I get another job, why wouldn’t it be exciting?”
Rondo said he became more of a locker room presence and mentor in Sacramento, having to tutor Cousins following his clashes with Karl. And he said his past brushes with coaches and teammates helped him mature and prepare him for that situation. “For me to be in that situation in my 10th year, what I’ve learned and grown from in the past, I was able to handle [the chaos],” Rondo said. “I was able to handle it a lot better than maybe Year 4 or 5. A lot of people criticize and get on DeMarcus a lot, but the man is a very young man and he hasn’t had too many great vets around him to teach him how to become a better professional.
Rondo said he would “love to continue to play with” Cousins, but for that to happen, he and the Kings need to “come together and figure out if we can work, but if not, I’m always in, I’m open. I’m open this summer and I look forward to having a great career.” As for his free-agent options this summer, Rondo said, “I want to see myself in a situation where guys want to grow, guys want to get better. I don’t want to be the hardest-working guy in the gym.”
Asked if he felt that way with the Kings, he said, “at times I did.” Rondo said he wants his next landing spot to feature “guys that want to work and win” and are “willing to sacrifice, continue to grow, get better, go outside their comfort zone.”
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February 24, 2018 | 12:47 pm EST Update
LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer on Saturday said that trading Blake Griffin was “a very difficult decision,” but that considerations about the future, as well as injury and chemistry concerns, necessitated the blockbuster deal with the Detroit Pistons. “[Griffin] is obviously a superstar player,” said Ballmer. “But if you look at what happened injury-wise, if you look at the kind of chemistry we were getting on our team, the thing you can see at the high level with the numbers when I started — one guy got all the assists, one guy got all the points and one guy got all the rebounds. It’s not all quite that way, but I think in the modern NBA, we were seeing it more and more — there’s a greater distribution of responsibility.”
“We have to add some pieces obviously, but I think we’re building for what I think is the modern NBA, and that trend has only accelerated since we signed Blake last summer.” Ballmer said that as the Clippers owner, he doesn’t believe in the practice commonly regarded as “tanking,” whereby teams strip their rosters of high-level talent and endure losing seasons with a focus on accumulating high draft picks.
Ballmer said that the Clippers organization deploys analytics in a number of areas, including health and coaching, but that he was most fascinated by the use of data with regard to the management of the NBA’s complex collective bargaining agreement, which governs the salary cap. Ballmer alluded to a trade the Clippers made this past offseason which sent former Clippers point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets for a collection of players. “I find it a very interesting numeric chess game, if you will,” Ballmer said. “There are teams that absolutely do it better, and do it worse. I see [Morey] sitting in the front row. We made a trade: Chris Paul for a number of guys back from Houston. I thought they did something very clever having a whole set of non-guaranteed contracts that really gave them more flexibility in putting the deal together with us than they would’ve had otherwise.”
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has transferred guard Josh Magette and forward Andrew White III from Atlanta to the Erie BayHawks, the team’s NBA G League affiliate, it was announced today. Both players are on two-way contracts. In 31 games with Erie (29 starts), Magette has compiled 15.2 points, 9.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 34.8 minutes, leading the G League in assists while ranking 15th in steals.
Asked how he appraised his $2 billion bid for the Clippers in 2014 — then a record for an NBA team — Ballmer said he relied on both quantitative analysis and intelligence of the marketplace and the pool of potential buyers. “I looked at what the cash flows would be, and what kind of multiple you’d put on,” Ballmer said. “A team in L.A. is literally beachfront real estate. It’s worth a lot more than teams everywhere else. Because if you ever get a foreign buyer later on — foreign buyers only want to buy in a few cities, which I knew because it was part of the pressure on the price. There was a lurking foreign buyer, if you will, for the team. But ultimately, I knew what the price was in the good old-fashioned way: I knew what the next bidder wanted to pay.”
February 24, 2018 | 11:03 am EST Update
The All-Star forward became the first player to ever post 45 points, 15 rebounds, five steals and five blocks in a game since the NBA started recording steals and blocks in 1973-74. Davis has been playing at an MVP level since the team lost star center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending Achilles injury, and it’s given New Orleans the belief that it can remain a contender in the ultra-competitive Western Conference playoff race. “I looked at the stat sheet when we were walking in and I couldn’t believe he had 45 points,” Gentry said. “That’s not a good thing because, now, I almost feel like I’m taking him for granted.”