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).
The Sacramento Kings agreed to terms with free agents Zach Randolph and George Hill on Tuesday. Click here for more.
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics are no different than most NBA teams that have a clear and well-defined pecking order for draft prospects.
But the more they evaluated the available talent in this draft, the clearer it became to the Celtics that the separation that they were looking for between players, just wasn’t as great as they were hoping it would be.
So for them, being open to moving the number one overall pick made a lot of sense.
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Boston’s trading away the No. 1 overall pick became official on Monday when the C's sent it to Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s draft as well as a future first-round pick in 2018 (from the Los Angeles Lakers if it’s in the 2-5 range) or a 2019 pick from Philadelphia or Sacramento, whichever is the better of the two picks. If either team ends up with the top overall pick, the Celtics will get the other team’s first round pick.
“We’ve been evaluating these kids for a couple of years,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told reporters via conference call on Monday. “We felt it was very close in the top handful of players; we still feel that way. We think there’s a really good chance that we’ll take at three, the same player we would have taken at one; an impactful asset.”
Boston is expected to decide between a pair of highly regarded forwards, Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Duke’s Jayson Tatum.
“We are very, very excited about what we’ve been able to accomplish the last few days getting this trade done with Philadelphia,” Ainge said. “I can’t wait for the draft on Thursday and continue to move forward.
Ainge added, “We’ll get a player we like in addition to further assets.”