The Pelicans point guard may need to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia suffered last week, according to coach Alvin Gentry.
Rondo is scheduled to get an opinion on the hernia Monday in Philadelphia before deciding on the next step in his recovery. Until the extent of the injury is determined, Gentry and the team will not provide a timetable on his return. Rondo was injured in the first half of Friday’s preseason loss to the Thunder and sat out Sunday’s win in Chicago against his former team.
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Rondo, 31, joined New Orleans in July on a one-year deal worth $3.3 million. The four-time All-Star averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 69 games with the Bulls last season. The Pelicans are scheduled to open the regular season Oct. 18 in Memphis against the Grizzlies.
Rondo hasn’t been a stranger to injury recently after he missed a handful of games last season because of wrist and ankle injuries before he fractured his thumb in the Chicago Bulls’ first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. However, none of those ailments dissuaded the Pelicans from signing Rondo to a one-year, $3.3 million deal to make him their new starting point guard.
Rondo’s latest injury will force the Pelicans to adjust, but they do have the personnel necessary to make due. So long as Rondo is banged up, Jrue Holiday should downshift from shooting guard to point guard, with Ian Clark and E’Twaun Moore the primary candidates to pick up the slack at the 2. Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate adds that initial estimates are that the former All-Star guard will be sidelined for roughly a month.
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