Rajon Rondo may be the most interesting man in the NBA. The Bulls signed the veteran point guard to a two year, $27.4 million dollar deal before the season, in hopes he could mesh well with Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler. Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out. Rondo has been benched the past two games, and with the team’s apparent preference to turn to Michael Carter-Williams, Rondo wants out.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he and Rondo spoke, and everything is good.
“He was great, very professional” Hoiberg said. “We talked about accepting whatever role he has and helping our guys stay ready.
“I was proud of how he handled the situation (Friday night in Indiana). He was cheering for the guys from the bench and talking to them when they came out for rotational reasons. That is very admirable for a guy who has had the type of career he has had.
“I know he’ll be ready when he’s called upon. It’s just the decision we decided to go with to see if we can change the flow of our team.”
The Bulls are going nowhere fast, and coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed today that Rondo will remain out of the lineup, as the 16-18 Bulls prepare to play Charlotte. Carter-Williams will start for Chicago at the point, with Jerian Grant playing backup.
The trade market for Rondo will be very soft, as his reputation for not fitting in long term has finally caught up with him. After a successful run in Boston, Rondo’s stays in Dallas, Sacramento, and now Chicago have all failed. Many contenders won’t want to throw off chemistry, barring an unexpected injury by their starter. A team out of the running won’t want to take on Rondo’s contract.