Rajon Rondo‘s tenure with the Bulls hasn’t gone as planned and the point guard believes he has to do a better job of weighing his free agent options in the future, as David Aldridge of NBA.com passes along.
“I was very cautious this summer, where I chose to play,” Rondo said “What I was told in the meeting … it’s a little different [now] from what I was told. That’s all I can say. That was big for me, to come in and understand that I’m a guy that, once I learn the system, I can run the show. That’s what I do. I don’t try to come in and act like I know it all, and that’s why I put the extra work in of watching film, getting an understanding of what you want from personnel, each player.
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“That’s what I do best. I managed how to get three Hall of Famers the ball and keep everybody happy. All I have is two this year and I had one last year. It’s pretty simple. That’s what I do. I run the show.”
Here’s more from Chicago:
- The Bulls simply are not a good fit for Rondo as the team is currently construction, a source close to the point guard tells Aldridge in the same piece. “Rajon has to play with guys who are more suited to the way he plays,” the source said. “If he’s with some shooters and some slashers, he’ll be fine. They’ll be fine. I think he and Butler can play together, and maybe Wade and Butler can play together. But he and Wade and Butler can’t play together.”
- Rondo’s teammates are thrilled with the way he handled his benching and his reduced role on the team, Aldridge passes along in the same piece. “One thing about that is, I’m super happy how he handled it,” Taj Gibson said. “That just speaks to how he’s grown, when you talk about it. I missed him the last couple of games, I really did. He’s a great player. He facilitates the ball. I’m just happy he didn’t overdo it. He’s a pro. He’s been great in the locker room.”
- It would be surprising if the Bulls didn’t make a move or two before the trade deadline, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com opines (Twitter link). Rondo is an obvious candidate for a change of scenery, but other players could find themselves in a trade. If the Bulls want to give second-year power forward Bobby Portis more run, they could elect to deal Gibson, although that is just my speculation.