Four-time NBA All-Star Rajon Rondo starts to regret the decision he made in the recent free agency. Rondo joined the Chicago Bulls expecting that he’ll be able to “run the show”. However, his situation continues to get complicated after losing the starting role.
In the recent offseason, the Bulls decided to part ways with Derrick Rose and declared Jimmy Butler as the new face of the franchise. They headed into the 2016 NBA free agency looking for Rose’s replacement. Rajon Rondo, who’s reportedly the Bulls’ top target, signed a two-year, $28 million contract in Chicago.
Dwyane Wade surprisingly left the Miami Heat and also joined the Bulls. Since the creation of “Three Alphas”, some people doubt if the three superstars could work well in one team. All of them used to play with the ball in their hands, but none of them is an efficient three-point shooter.
When the Bulls started to struggle, head coach Fred Hoiberg decided to make Michael Carter-Williams as his starting point guard. Rondo received a DNP-CD treatment and wasn’t even the Bulls primary backup guard. Fortunately, when Butler and Wade rested, Rondo had an opportunity to prove himself once again.
However, Hoiberg didn’t put him back in the starting lineup, but rather as their sixth man, who’ll lead the second unit. Rondo plays better when he’s surrounded by shooters like Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott. The 30-year-old point guard admits that he didn’t expect to be in such situation when he signed with the Bulls.
“Absolutely,” Rondo said. “I was very cautious this summer, where I chose to play. What I was told in the meeting … it’s a little different (now) from what I was told.”
Rondo joined the Bulls with the belief that he’ll be allowed to “run the show”. He used to play with the ball in his hands and lead the team’s offense. However, with the presence of Wade and Butler, Rondo was unable to unleash his full potential in Chicago.
“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 (Wade and, presumably, Butler) and I had one (presumably, DeMarcus Cousins) last year. It’s pretty simple. That’s what I do. I run the show,” Rondo said.
Rondo’s career took flight in the 2007-08 NBA season where he managed to play with the Celtics’ “Big Three” (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen). The Celtics found success with Rondo as their playmaker where they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.
Rajon Rondo is frequently mentioned in various trade rumors since he was demoted as the Bulls’ sixth man. If his situation continues to get complicated, it will not be a surprise if Rondo will be heading to another team before the February deadline.
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