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Rajon Rondo | Guard | #9

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 186
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (21) / PHO
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Rajon Rondo was non-committal when asked if he'll be back with the Pelicans next season.
"We'll see how it goes," Rondo said of his upcoming free agency. "I love this group of guys. It's a group of good guys. I love playing for coach [Alvin] Gentry. We'll see how it goes." Rondo was a decent fit in New Orleans, and there won't be a ton of teams recruiting him on the open market with the point guard position filled in a lot of spots around the league. What the Pelicans do with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) free agency will likely dictate whether or not they can retain Rondo. May 9 - 10:43 AM

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Rajon Rondo couldn't buy a bucket during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors, going 2-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from the stripe on his way to six points across 32 minutes.

Rondo did add 11 rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer while he was out there, but he also turned the ball over four times, and he's been in an awful shooting slump over the past two, connecting on just 19% of his shot attempts. E'Twaun Moore was one of the few Pelicans to hit over 50% of his shots, going 8-of-14 from the field on his way to 20 points, one 3-pointer, one rebound, one assist and one turnover, but he also finished with a minus-25 plus-minus rating in the loss.
May 6 - 6:58 PM

Rajon Rondo had a playoff career-high 21 assists against the Warriors on Friday, adding four points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes.

Playoff Rondo is rolling again. He set the franchise record for dimes in a postseason game and is the first player since himself in 2011 to have 20-plus assists in a playoff game. Rondo's usage has been higher than expected with double-digit field goal attempts in each game in this series, but this time he struggled with his shot with a 2-of-11 line from the field. His minutes are soaring after a tough Game 1 and he hasn't been a defensive liability lately.
May 4 - 10:55 PM

Rajon Rondo hit 8-of-15 shots, three 3-pointers and 3-of-3 free throws for 22 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, five steals and seven turnovers in Tuesday's 121-116 loss to the Warriors.

Rondo had nine points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in Game 1, but looked much better tonight. The Pelicans tried to slow the pace and all five starters put up nice numbers tonight, but they still couldn't hang with the Warriors. Playoff Rondo hates his nickname, but there's something to it. His free throw and shooting percentage tonight say it all, not to mention the rest of his gaudy stat line.
May 2 - 1:40 AM

Rajon Rondo scored nine points with eight rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

The Warriors really attacked Rondo as they forced some switches or just had his man go at him. This could certainly be a problem for Rondo and the Pelicans because nobody can expose defensive weaknesses like coach Steve Kerr's boys. After putting up one of the most impressive passing sweeps in the last round, Rondo may find his playing time drop if the Pelicans struggle again on Tuesday. Oh and Stephen Curry is coming back.
Apr 29 - 1:06 AM

Rajon Rondo, or should we say, Playoff Rondo, came through with 16 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting in 39 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Blazers.

Rondo swished a dagger 3-pointer from the corner to cap a 9-0 run and gave the Pelicans a 108-100 lead with 39 seconds left that sealed the win. The Pels finished on a 12-2 run and won by a final score of 111-102, stealing two games in Portland to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Rondo and Jrue Holiday have it out for Damian Lillard, and Lillard has yet to come up with an answer for them on either end of the floor. Rondo had six points, eight boards and 17 dimes in Game 1, and is now averaging 11 points, 9.0 rebounds and 13.0 assists in the series, and he'll look to keep it going on Thursday for Game 3 in New Orleans.
Apr 18 - 1:36 AM

Nikola Mirotic called Rajon Rondo a "huge piece" in explaining why the Pelicans won Game 1 vs. the Blazers in Portland.

Anthony Davis also praised Rondo, saying he was in a "different mindset" to start the opening round of the playoffs. Rondo finished with 17 assists, but it was his communication on defense that prompted the praise from Mirotic. "Defensively, he was talking to our guys all game," Mirotic said. "Every time he knew what [Portland] was running, so he was telling us, ‘Here comes the pindown. Now it’s a flare [screen].’ He was a huge piece. That’s why we won this game." Rondo played 39.5 minutes in the New Orleans victory, and we'd expect him to continue logging heavy minutes as the postseason progresses.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 15 - 2:48 PM

Rajon Rondo scored six points with eight rebounds, 17 assists and one steal in 39 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

That ties the franchise record for most dimes in the postseason (Chris Paul). Rondo continues to play extremely well next to Anthony Davis and now we get the Playoff Rondo version. He'll likely get to 10 assists in every game during this series as he defends Evan Turner on the other end.
Apr 15 - 1:06 AM

Rajon Rondo scored 12 points with 17 assists, four boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He put on a passing clinic as the Warriors were in several mismatches on defense today. Rondo should be looking at big minutes to close the year with Ian Clark (ankle) likely out for the regular season.
Apr 7 - 11:07 PM

Rajon Rondo scored two points with seven rebounds, 13 assists and two turnovers in 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

If Ian Clark (ankle) is going to miss time, Rondo is going to get a few more minutes as the lone PG because Jrue Holiday would likely be staggered away from him a bit. The Pelicans have just a 1.0-game lead over the Nuggets for the No. 8 spot, so Rondo may not get rested again.
Apr 4 - 10:51 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) scored 11 points with nine assists, eight rebounds and a steal across 34 minutes, but he also had six turnovers.

Head coach Alvin Gentry said Rondo is still battling soreness in his wrist, but he would not play with any restrictions. That was evident, as he was tied for the second-most minutes on the team. But he turned the ball over a team-high six times, too, and head coach Alvin Gentry blamed the team's loss on the 21 turnovers and dearth of ball movement.
Apr 1 - 9:55 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) returned to action on Friday vs. the Cavaliers with seven points, eight assists and one rebound in 25 minutes.

It wasn't his best game, but he’s been a different player since the beginning of February and was playing really well before missing two games with his wrist injury. He had March averages of 10.5 points, 9.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.6 triples and 2.2 turnovers prior to Friday and has been a top-60 player in 9-category leagues during that span. The Pelicans have six games left and are still jostling for playoff seeding, so they don’t have the luxury of resting Rondo at the moment.
Mar 30 - 11:00 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) will play on Friday night against the Cavs.

First off, props to ESPN's NFL reporter Adam Schefter for getting this news. Secondly, Rondo went through his warmups and he'll be back after missing the last two games. He should have a shot at a lot of assists against the Cavs defense today.
Mar 30 - 7:08 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) is a game-time call vs. the Cavaliers on Friday.

Coach Alvin Gentry didn't have a real update and said his status was unclear. Rondo will test his hand in warmups and that's when a final decision will be made. Ian Clark started in his absence on Tuesday, but was very disappointing with eight points and two assists in 29 minutes. Expect another monster game from Jrue Holiday if Rondo sits after his triple-double on Tuesday.
Mar 29 - 1:41 PM

Rajon Rondo (wrist) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. Portland.

Rondo did not play Saturday due to the wrist issue and was a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest. Ian Clark is going to slide into the starting lineup vs. the Blazers. The fact that Rondo was a GTD for Tuesday implies that he is quite close to returning to the lineup. The Pelicans don't play again until Friday, so Rondo will have two more full days to rest. For now, we'll consider him questionable for that contest.
Mar 27 - 7:27 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Ian Clark
3Mike James
4Frank Jackson
5Larry Drew II
6Tony Carr
SG1Jrue Holiday
2DeAndre Liggins
3Charles Cooke
4Jordan Crawford
SF1E'Twaun Moore
2Darius Miller
3Solomon Hill
PF1Anthony Davis
2Nikola Mirotic
3Cheick Diallo
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Emeka Okafor
3Alexis Ajinca