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New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo underwent surgery Tuesday for a sports hernia injury and will miss four-to-six weeks, league sources told The Vertical.
Rondo met with a specialist Monday in Philadelphia and confirmed the need for surgery. He suffered the injury in Friday’s preseason loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Rondo has served as a leader for the Pelicans and the starter at point guard. Rondo worked to build chemistry with fellow starters Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Jrue Holiday and Dante Cunningham in training camp, but now the Pelicans will be without their lead guard.
Rondo, 31, joined the Pelicans on a one-year deal in July after spending last season with the Chicago Bulls. Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 69 games with Chicago.