Bulls Notes: Rondo, Wade, Butler

After being removed from his starting point guard role, Rajon Rondo met with Bulls executives Gar Forman and John Paxson over the weekend, and tells Nick Friedell of ESPN.com that the meeting “went OK.” However, as Friedell details, Rondo also said that there “really wasn’t a clear-cut message” from the front office, and said that he expects to talk to Forman and Paxson again at some point.

Rondo didn’t get into specifics about the meeting or about what’s next for him — when asked whether the Bulls’ front office is open to accommodating a trade, the veteran point guard said he’d leave that talk for his agent and Bulls management.

Here’s more on Rondo, along with some other Bulls notes:

  • Dwyane Wade weighed in on his teammate’s benching, suggesting that Rondo has “handled it great” (link via Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com). “But it still sucks,” Wade added. “It’s unfortunate.”
  • Rondo’s situation may be up in the air, but don’t expect Wade to offer input on what his backcourt mate’s role should be, or how the Bulls might alter their roster. Asked today if he gets involved in personnel decisions, Wade said he doesn’t “get paid to do that,” as K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune reports (all Twitter links). “Don’t put me into none of that,” Wade said. “No upstairs, no downstairs decisions by Dwyane Wade.”
  • ESPN’s roundtable, including Friedell, Kevin Pelton, David Thorpe, and others, tackled a few Bulls-related questions, discussing whether the Bulls should be buyers or sellers, and attempting to determine what sort of deals the team might be seeking (Insider-only link). The general consensus: Chicago should be a seller at the deadline, and Rondo probably won’t finish the season with the team, but Jimmy Butler isn’t going anywhere.
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10 thoughts on “Bulls Notes: Rondo, Wade, Butler

  1. Strauss

    Welcome to the dysfunctional front office of the Bulls. Paxon and Foreman have really brought this team to its knees with their coaching choice of Hoiburg, their horrible drafts, and signing Rondo.

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    • jkbuckets

      Bulls have had a lot of good drafts lately. Butler, rose, noah, taj, doug (kinda), mirotic (kinda),
      Although the marquis teague drafting was god awful especially consider thibs wanted to draft draymond green instead
      Tony snell was bad but considering we were able to rob the bucks in the mcw trade I think it worked out well
      With McDermott he is showing flashes of being more than a 3pt shooter although one of the draft picks we used to trade up for him was Gary Harris is a high quality sg

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  2. Djones246890

    Gar/Pax…..the WORST from office in ALL of sports.

    Hey Reinsdorf, upper management isn’t a private guaranteed jobs program for your friends. We the FANS pay the bills. Well, at least I used to. I’ll never spend another dollar on the Bulls as long as that front office is there.

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  3. smittybanton

    The Bulls acquired Jerian Grant and MCW for the future, and they acquired Rondo and Wade to sell season tickets. Mission accomplished. Now develop your young players, and preserve your ping pong balls for Edrice Bam Bam Adebayo (CHI17), and get a shooter like Terrance Ferguson (SAC17). They’ll also have some cap space.

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    • ChiSoxCity

      Grant and MCW are not longterm options. If the Bulls ever want to be more than .500 team again, they need a complete rebuild of their starting five.

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      • jkbuckets

        I disagree. Mcw and grant (grant especially considering it’s only his second year and barely played last year) are showing energy and smarts. Not the athleticism that the front office promised but still young pieces. If we are to do a rebuild we’d have to trade jimmy to celtics for the nets first rounder but I don’t know if we should do that. For right now we should try to get a top 15 pick in a loaded draft and ride jimmy butlers stardom. Besides if the bulls can get their consistency back they can pose a threat to cavs. I think they match up fairly well. Jimmy on lebron. Mcw’s length can bother kyrie. And taj is still a really good defender/ rebounder/ energy guy who can shut down k-loves offensive rebounding. Cavs will still win but I think a playoff series between the two could be competitive

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        • ChiSoxCity

          If the goal is to contend for an NBA Championship (as it should be), the Bulls need a new starting 5. You can’t win with a starting PG who can’t shoot. Period. In fact, this may be the worst shooting Bulls team I have ever seen (Bulls fan since ’82). More athleticism would be great (more fun to watch), but high percentage 3- point shooting is the key ingredient to a championship caliber roster in 2017.

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          • jkbuckets

            Lol for sure. The fact that the bulls have only a handful of games with double digit three made is not a good sign. But I still think we can be competitive with a chance at a title This is bias but I honestly believe the bulls to be the second best team in the eastern conference when they’re playing their best. BUT they’re so inconsistent and that’ll be there downfall not threes their consistency or lack there of

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  4. ChiCity773

    What A joke they have no clear cut answer cause they have no clear cut plan Hoieberg is actually a descent coach if he had his right personnel

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    • jkbuckets

      Agree. Houbergs offesive system requires ball movement and 3 pts. Only Doug McDermott and maybe mirotic are 3 pt shooters and jimmy and d-wade often have to play hero ball to keep the bulls in the game which throws out ball movement

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