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Report: Pelicans close to one-year deal with Rondo

Report: Pelicans close to one-year deal with Rondo

A day after reports surfaced the Lakers were interested in former Rajon Rondo, it appears the New Orleans Pelicans are close to signing the former Celtics point guard to a one-year deal, according to ESPN.

More from Zach Lowe’s report: 

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.

The Pelicans re-signed point guard Jrue Holiday to a five-year, $125 million deal but could move Holiday off the ball on occasion, Lowe reports. Rondo and Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins played together with the Sacramento Kings in the 2015-16 season, one of three teams Rondo has played for since leaving the Celtics via trade to Dallas in 2015. (Mavericks, Kings, Bulls). 
 

Celtics Storylines: Four factors that will impact ball movement

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Celtics Storylines: Four factors that will impact ball movement

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.