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Rajon Rondo | Guard | #9

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 186
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (21) / PHO
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Rajon Rondo underwent surgery on his sports hernia injury and will miss 4-to-6 weeks.
If Rondo returns in four weeks, he will have missed the first 11 games of the season. That's the best-case scenario. His fantasy value obviously takes a significant hit, and he'll slide to later rounds of fantasy drafts. With Rondo sidelined, the Pels will likely start Jrue Holiday at point guard, which should allow Holiday to boost his assist numbers over the first month-plus of the season. Ian Clark, E'Twaun Moore, Jordan Crawford, and Tony Allen will also see an uptick in minutes. Oct 10 - 9:20 AM

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Rajon Rondo has a sports hernia and he will meet with a specialist on Monday to determine if he needs to have surgery.

While we don't know the severity of Rondo's injury, it seems there's a good chance he'll be beginning the year on the sidelines, so he's now a very risky guy to look to prior to the final few rounds. For some context, Markieff Morris was hit with a 6-8 week timetable when he underwent his procedure to correct a sports hernia, but everyone recovers from injuries differently and it's not been decided if Rondo will require surgery. If he does need to miss time, Jrue Holiday would likely slide over to start at point guard, and there would be more minutes for guys like E'Twaun Moore, Jordan Crawford and Ian Clark.

Rajon Rondo (groin) will not play on Sunday against the Bulls.

No revenge game here. The Pelicans downplayed Rondo's injury and said he could've returned in a regular season game. It's preseason, so there really is no reason to throw out a 31-year-old guard out there. With him out for most of Friday, we saw some DeMarcus Cousins at the point while Jrue Holiday ran more of the offense. Expect a good amount of Ian Clark, too.
Oct 7 - 4:33 PM

Rajon Rondo (groin) could have returned had it been a regular season game.

He was called questionable to return after a small injury in the first. It's not every day the Pelicans get good news on injury, so this is a welcomed sight. Rondo should be ready for the start of the season and could have value in points leagues.
Oct 6 - 11:48 PM

Rajon Rondo (left groin) is questionable to return on Friday.

Considering it's the preseason, we can probably assume Rondo is not going to return. So far tonight, DeMarcus Cousins has really handled the ball a bunch, but Jrue Holiday would likely run the offense more if Rondo needs to miss time. Ian Clark would also have an increased opportunity.
Oct 6 - 8:31 PM

Rajon Rondo started alongside Jrue Holiday for the Pelicans on Tuesday and had five points, three rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 2-of-7 shooting in 31 minutes.

His shooting from both the field and the line, and odd role as a combo guard raises a lot of red flags for us, but he's coming off a nice run for the Bulls late last season and might be worth owning if he can somehow get 30 minutes a night for his new team. It also helps that he'll be throwing countless lobs to Boogie and AD.
Oct 3 - 11:27 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo should know who brings the ball up depending on what play the Pelicans run.

Sometimes a particular play may be better for Holiday, but it sounds like the Pelicans would like for Rondo to be the primary ball-handler. Gentry has said every player is getting better shots with Rondo on the floor, especially in drive and kick. Rondo was terrific with DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento, so maybe he gets it going again. He's not a great target in standard leagues, though.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 28 - 5:49 PM

Rajon Rondo worked out at the Pelicans team facility on Thursday without a brace on his hand.

He looks to be 100 percent past his season-ending injury. Rondo was all over the place during his season with the Bulls, but his play in the postseason almost ousted the Celtics in the first round. Rondo is expected to start and the Pelicans will have to go small a lot at the three, but he's still only a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Sep 7 - 4:57 PM

Rajon Rondo's fractured right thumb and right wrist appear to have fully healed, and he participated in the Kentucky alumni game in late August.

Rondo played free and easy during the exhibition, even creating an alley-oop for Eric Bledsoe by passing the ball off his own head (see the video linked below). The wrist and thumb injuries were serious enough to force Rondo to miss playoff games, but he didn't need surgery and should be fine for training camp.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 6 - 8:18 PM

Rajon Rondo signed his one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Pelicans.

It's a fairly cheap deal on Rondo and it may have to do with how the Pelicans are willing to play him more minutes than most teams. Rondo is also going to get another $3 million to not play for the Bulls. He's expected to be used on two-PG lineups with Jrue Holiday, but Rondo isn't a player most fantasy owners should be targeting.
Jul 19 - 6:11 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said the plan going into next season is to start Rajon Rondo at point guard and Jrue Holiday at shooting guard.

The Pelicans started both Tim Frazier and Holiday in the same backcourt frequently over the final month of the 2016-17 season, so Holiday has some experience playing off the ball. However, it will still be an adjustment for both Rondo and Holiday playing alongside each other. Nonetheless, this is good news for Rondo's fantasy value, as it means his playing time should be fairly steady and predictable. Rondo will rack up assists passing to Holiday, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
Jul 18 - 11:49 AM

Rajon Rondo has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans re-signed PG Jrue Holiday to a massive contract earlier this month, but clearly feel comfortable playing him off the ball at times. New Orleans doesn't have much depth at shooting guard, with E'Twaun Moore and Jordan Crawford as the only two options currently on the roster. Thus, it is possible Rondo and Holiday play significant minutes together in the same backcourt. It will be difficult to predict just how much playing time Rondo will see on a nightly basis until we get into training camp and the preseason.
Jul 15 - 11:45 AM

The Pelicans are meeting with Rajon Rondo on Friday about a possible one-year deal, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Despite re-signing Jrue Holiday to a massive contract, New Orleans is still interested in adding another point guard this summer. It was reported earlier in the week they had conversations with the Pistons about trading for Reggie Jackson. It doesn't appear any team is willing to offer Rondo a multi-year deal, as he recently met with the Lakers about a one-year pact as well. The Pels believe Holiday can be successful playing off the ball, but both Jrue and Rondo's fantasy value might take a hit if they shared a backcourt.
Jul 13 - 12:54 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Lakers are still hopeful of signing Rajon Rondo despite committing $18 million to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Rondo met with Lakers' president Magic Johnson on Tuesday and should be considered the favorites to sign him. However, the Lakers can only offer a $4.3M exception, so it will be interesting to see if it's enough to bring him to Los Angeles. Rondo would likely come off the bench and be a mentor to rookie Lonzo Ball, so he wouldn't have much fantasy value with the Lakers.
Jul 12 - 12:50 AM

Rajon Rondo reportedly met with Lakers' president Magic Johnson on Tuesday.

With the Knicks using up most their cap space to sign Tim Hardaway Jr. and Ron Baker, they don't really have the money to offer Rondo anything more than the minimum, so he might be forced to take whatever deal the Lakers offer him with the point guard position filled on most teams around the league. Rondo would likely be asked to serve in a mentorship role to Lonzo Ball in Los Angeles, which would likely result in a value-killing timeshare situation, so not ideal for fantasy hoops.
Jul 11 - 6:44 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Ian Clark
3Frank Jackson
SG1Jrue Holiday
2E'Twaun Moore
3Tony Allen
4Jordan Crawford
SF1Darius Miller
2Solomon Hill
PF1Anthony Davis
2Dante Cunningham
3Cheick Diallo
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Alexis Ajinca
3Omer Asik