Rondo, who just signed with the Pelicans, is now on his fifth team since. After playing out his extension with the Celtics and Mavericks then earning $9.5 million from the Kings and $17 million from the Bulls (including his partial guarantee of $3 million this season), Rondo is on another contract even further from the max.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Pelicans also gave Darius Miller $2.1 million, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN. If both figures are correct, the Pelicans are now hard-capped (because Miller’s and Rondo’s salaries combine to be above the $5,192,000 non-taxpayer mid-level exception).
The hard cap probably isn’t problematic, anyway. The hard cap is $6 million above the luxury-tax line, and I doubt New Orleans would pay the luxury tax.