Saturday was the first full game of Rondo’s benching after being pulled in the second half Friday. He wasn’t used at all as Chicago suffered a 20-point loss at home to the Bucks to fall to 16-18.
“Gar and I will have a talk,” Rondo said after the game. “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].”
The uncertainty surrounding the 11-year veteran comes six months after he signed a two-year, $27.4MM deal with the Bulls. Rondo remains productive, leading the league in assists last season and averaging 7.1 per game this year, but has changed teams three times in the past 24 months.
He answered “absolutely” Saturday night when asked if he thought he has done enough in his career for the Bulls to send him to another organization if they don’t plan to play him. A source told Goodwill that a buyout has not yet been discussed. Rondo has just a $3MM guarantee for next season.
“I’m gonna explode…No, I’m not,” said Rondo. “I’m gonna continue to work, get some work in, play some one on one. Take care of my body, lift and give these young guys as much advice while I’m on the bench.”
Rondo met Saturday morning with coach Fred Hoiberg, who said he looked “slow” during the last five games and questioned Rondo’s health. Rondo responded that he has never felt better at this point of a season.