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Anthony Davis happy with Pelicans signing Rajon Rondo

Anthony Davis

Former All-Star guard Rajon Rondo signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. The University of Kentucky product thus joined two former “class-mates” in DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. The latter was very happy about the signing made by the Pelicans.

Davis spoke to NBA.com’s Jim Eichenhofer during his basketball camp, and praised the former Celtic, Maverick, King and Bull.

“He’s very smart,” Davis said.  “He knows when to get guys involved, when to get guys shots. He reads defenses very well. His basketball IQ is definitely at another level. Some of the things he does, you can’t teach. He does a great job of knowing when to pass, when to take a shot, when to throw a pocket pass on a pick-and-roll, how to hold off defenders. I’m just glad we can add him to our team.”

Davis continued on, talking how the acquisition was truly a no-brainer.

“He’s a great floor general. He’s a great leader on the floor for guys like me, DeMarcus, Jrue,” Davis said. “I think he sees the court very differently than most players see it, and he’s one of the elite point guards we have in our league. When I saw that we were trying to get him, it was a no-brainer. I thought we should do it. When he said he wanted to come, it was definitely an exciting day for us, knowing that we had that point-guard position filled with a guy like Rondo. It can definitely help take us to the next level.”

The Pelicans made the postseason two years ago, but had not done much since. However, the roster now boasts four players with at least one All-Star selection. Alongside the two stars in Cousins and Davis, Rajon Rondo has four All-Star nods and Jrue Holiday has one, during his tenure in a Philadelphia 76ers jersey.