The Chicago Bulls currently sit at 16-18 and are on the outside looking in at the playoffs.
After big free agency moves and a hot start to the season, everyone in the organization was expecting much better. Now, it seems heads are going to roll.
Rumors began last week about the potential of coach Fred Hoiberg losing his job. Shortly after, point guard Rajon Rondo was taken out of the starting lineup and received a DNP-CD. Rondo has made it clear that if he remains out of Hoiberg’s rotation, he won’t finish the season as a Chicago Bull.
‘Absolutely,’ said Rondo when asked if he accomplished enough in the NBA for the Bulls to accommodate him on a trade or some transaction to allow him to seek another team should the benching continue.
“’Gar (Forman, Bulls GM) and I will have a talk. We’ll talk tonight and go from there. I don’t know if it’s right now, maybe the next 30, 18, 45 minutes. Tonight, before ’17 (the clock strikes midnight).’
“’No, I’m not surprised. Not surprised,’ Rondo said. ‘It’s been a tough season. Certain buttons are being pushed and the Bulls are trying to figure things out.’”
It makes a great deal of sense for both sides. Rondo has been in the league long enough that he isn’t going to be happy riding the bench all year.
On the other hand, Rondo is by no means a good NBA player anymore, and has also caused problems off the court, getting suspended earlier this year for a heated altercation with an assistant coach.
At this point, the big question is: who on earth would give up anything of substance for Rajon Rondo? There have now been three teams in a row where he “just didn’t fit.” It’s pretty clear Rondo is done, and I think it’s more likely we will see him in China next year than starting for an NBA team.