Its been a busy summer in terms of NBA player movement, and one team heavily involved in rebooting their roster has been the Chicago Bulls. After trading away Jimmy Butler for several Minnesota Timberwolves players and a draft pick, the Bulls also released guard Rajon Rondo. There had been speculation that he might end up joining the Los Angeles Lakers to help mentor their new rookie Lonzo Ball. However, Rajon Rondo has now officially become a member of the Western Conference's new orleans Pelicans.

What's the deal?

According to ESPN, league sources confirmed to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears that Rajon Rondo signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The amount the deal was signed for is unknown as of this report, but Rondo will be backing up guard Jrue Holiday who just re-signed with the team.

Holiday's deal with the Pelicans is said to be a $126 million guaranteed deal. It could end up being worth more than $150 million with other incentives. However, the team needed a true backup guard after trading Tim Frazier to the Washington Wizards for a second-round NBA draft pick.

How Rondo helps New Orleans

For Rajon Rondo, the New Orleans Pelicans will be his fifth NBA team now. He previously played for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, and most recently the Chicago Bulls. While with the Bulls this past season, Rondo helped the team in their first round NBA Playoffs matchup against the Boston Celtics.

However, he suffered a thumb injury which sidelined him as his team was ousted by the No. 1 seed.

He'll be reunited with DeMarcus Cousins on the Pelicans' roster. Rondo and Cousins teamed up in Sacramento during the 2015-16 NBA season. It was also said that the two players formed a bond in that one season playing together, so that will certainly benefit team chemistry.

Rondo's value has been shown with most of his NBA teams, but there have also been some issues as well.

One of those issues involved Rondo getting into an altercation with Bulls' assistant coach Jim Boylen, leading to a one-game suspension. However, he also gained popularity in terms of speaking out for the Bulls' younger players after stars Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade were openly critical of them.

As of last season, Rajon Rondo was averaging 7.8 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game. His time on the floor for the New Orleans Pelicans will certainly be valuable for a team looking to contend in a highly-competitive Western Conference.

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