After signing as a free agent this past offseason, Rondo was a rough fit with Bulls stars Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade and ended up getting benched and demanding a trade. He is back in the rotation now, but the drama continues nonetheless.
The Chicago front office has the option to buy Rondo out, but rumor is coming out today that the Bulls are not planning to buy him out and will use him as a trade chip instead.
Also, there are no plans to buy out Rajon Rondo, per source. Beyond fact he's playing well/acting professionally, contract is trade chip.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 28, 2017
Rondo had not been playing particularly well over the last week, playing anywhere between six and 18 minutes and never notching more than four points or four assists. But he had an excellent game in last night’s loss to the Miami Heat, playing 32 minutes and scoring 13 points on six-of-eight shooting while adding in seven assists and seven rebounds.
There isn’t really anything the former Boston Celtics guard could do to be a good fit with the Bulls, unless he magically becomes a 40 percent three point shooter. But if he could string together a few more games like the one he had against Miami, it would greatly increase the chance that a contender in need of a secondary point guard — like the Cleveland Cavaliers — would want to trade for him.
For now, Rondo is expected to remain the backup to current starting point guard Jerian Grant after fellow troubled Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams has played zero minutes three games in a row after being pulled from the starting lineup.