Rajon Rondo may not be wearing the Chicago Bulls uniform for much longer.
The 30-year old point guard recently had a meeting with team executives Gar Forman and John Paxson, and came out of it with no certainty of his future with his team.
No Clear Cut Message
“It went OK,” he told ESPN, “It really wasn’t a clear-cut message… We’ll talk again.”
Rajon Rondo has been benched since the Dec. 30 loss against the Indiana Pacers. Since then, Head Coach Fred Hoiberg has favored the use of Michael Carter-Williams and Jeriah Grant. Now that more minutes for Rondo in the rotation look uncertain, the point guard may be wise to find another team to play for. He did say, however, that that kind of talk is reserved for the team executives and his agent, Bill Duffy.
“I just want to work on my game and continue to get better,” Rondo said. He’s currently averaging a disappointing 7.2 points and 7.1 assists on 36.9% FG shooting – well below his career averages.
When the Chicago Bulls first signed him and SG Dwyane Wade in the off-season, it was seen as one of the oddest moves across the league. On one hand, both Rondo and Wade were All-Star guards who might have played well with rising Jimmy Butler. On the other hand, younger stars to pair with Butler may have been a better option, given that there’s still no way the Bulls can compete with the Cavaliers. It was an identity crisis situation.
And while the Bulls had their season off to a promising start – even holding the East’s number 3 spot for a short while – they have since fallen to 18-18.
A Perplexing Personality
Rajon Rondo has always been an odd personality, what Bleacher Report once even called ‘perplexing’. Besides showing off his unusual penchant for playing Connect-4 and counting cards, he’s often been said to be difficult to communicate with. Coming off as aloof, sometimes even shut off, he doesn’t always conform to usual standards of personal and professional relationships.
Still, that might’ve changed ever so slightly during Rondo’s time with the Bulls. Dwyane Wade, with whom Rondo had a sort of rivalry in the early 2010’s, has continued to sing praises for the point guard. “Obviously, you don’t expect (Rajon Rondo) to be jolly that he’s not playing the game that he loves. But when it comes to his teammates, he’s been great. He’s been staying in it, keeps talking to guys.”