Rondo’s Future With Bulls In Doubt

Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo asked for a meeting with GM Gar Forman after Saturday’s game to discuss his future with the team, writes Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.

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.

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24 thoughts on “Rondo’s Future With Bulls In Doubt

  1. Bob Bukaky

    Is anyone surprised this didn’t work out?

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    • TheBlueMeanie

      Not at all. This was inevitable.

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  2. Punk!

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  3. Trade him , waive him or buy him out his career will done now . You still have players like Toney Douglas and Mario Charlmers . You can sign in free agency , TD will be a great fit in Chicago .

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    • WilliamDuval

      Chalmers would be a better fit because of Wade

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      • ChiSoxCity

        The Bulls need outside shooting; Charmers would not be an upgrade.

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      • thebare

        More playing time for MCW who is very good and actually like playing Defense Harmony is a real thing.

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        • Maddogmadsen

          MCW is actually one of the worst defensive pgs in the league

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    • Ayy-Aron

      Then there were the Sixers who are dying for a PG that can funnel the ball to their big men lol

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    • alberto

      Or you know, MCW & Jerian Grant could play more.

      I don’t know why anyone cares about Toney Douglas, he can never stick with a team. He’s a 10 day contract lifer. And Mario Chalmers would be back already if he was healthy.

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  4. Toney Douglas played with D-wade also !! He is a better defender than Chalmers Quicker and can shoot the ball .

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  5. SilvioDante

    The only trade I could imagine happening would have to include either Sac’s provisional No. 1 in ’17 or Chicago’s upcoming No. 1 accompanying Rondo. No team will take him w/out a sweetener attached. So, I propose calling Sac and offering Rondo and their own provisional No. 1 for Afflalo. Bulls then run out a starting lineup of Wade at the 1, Afflalo and Butler the wings. At least Bulls would have one guy in the starting 5 capable of making a 3.

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    • ChiSoxCity

      To what end do you sign Afflalo? Giving up draft picks to remain a .500 team is pointless. Forget trading for vets, get picks and rebuild for the future.

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    • I don’t think Kings will want rondo back

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  6. sckoul

    Trade Rondo to Min for Rubio. Everyone wins.

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    • alberto

      Lol except minnesota.

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    • WolfPack

      How is this a win for MN? Rubio is better than Rondo. Heck, Tyus Jones is better than Rondo at this point.

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    • Rubio is worse then rondo

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  7. Djones246890

    Saw this coming from a mile away. Forman seriously needs to get canned. He’s one of the worst basketball guys to ever hold the position of GM. This guy has no clue what he’s doing.

    Every signing he made makes absolutely zero sense — including Wade. A guy who is in the twilight of his career. I mean, I know it keeps bodies in he seats, but he’s almost done.

    Hoiberg also needs to go. This guy is not NBA-ready, and probably never will be. He’s well suited for an 8th grade boys team, however.

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    • ChiSoxCity

      Or the Bulls could, I don’t know, build a better roster. Wade, Butler and Rondo in your starting 5 is a trainwreck. Firing Hoiberg only makes sense if the GM gets fired too.

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      • Djones246890

        Agree, but they don’t have the upper management talent to assemble a better roster. I mean, they built a team around Jimmy Butler. Jimmy is a very good two way player. However, he’s immature, definitely NOT a leader, and isn’t even a top 15 or 20 NBA player. You can’t build around that.

        Forman is absolutely clueless, and I know technically Fred doesn’t have the right pieces for his “Hoiball,” or whatever they call it. However, the guy says some really stupid stuff, looks clueless most of the time, and just doesn’t seem like he knows what he’s doing at all.

        You know an NBA coach when you see one. Popovich is an NBA coach. Thibodeau (who probably has permagrin from watching this Bulls debacle) is an NBA coach. Hoiberg is a clueless softy.

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        • ChiSoxCity

          Point is, the next coach GarPax hires will get fired in two years.

          I understand Hoiberg lacks assertiveness and doesn’t wield authority power well. But replacing the coach of a poorly constructed team will have minimal effect.

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          • Djones246890

            The next coach needs to be decided by Reinsdorf, and Reinsdorf only. He selected Thibodeau, but his mistake was siding with Gar, instead of shipping his (Gar’s) behind out of town. If Reinsdorf is smart, however, he’ll ship them both out at once. I also think Paxson needs to go, as well. However, I think he’s at untouchable status, like Kenny Williams, at this point.

  8. SueJen

    My knucklehead general manager and team president will scoop his m use. Right Phil?

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