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.