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Chicago Bulls Rumors: Rajon Rondo trade coming after latest benching from Fred Hoiberg

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Rajon Rondo on ESPN’s The Jump (Photo Courtesy: @BostonDotCom/Twitter)

The Chicago Bulls lost badly to the Indiana Pacers, 111-101 on Friday night but the real story was how Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg benched Rajon Rondo in the second half.

After the game, the Bulls starting point guard was asked about being left on the bench in the second half.

“I’m a [veteran]. I’m going to continue to work hard, stay in the gym, lead these guys when I can, talk to my teammates. Be professional,” Rondo added in the same Twitter posts from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Rondo struggled in the first half vs. Pacers

The Pacers had the 62-50 lead at halftime in Friday’s game and led by as many as 20 points in the first half when Rondo was in the game. Rondo played just 11 minutes, missed all of his two shots, and had one turnover and three fouls.

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There are also rumors that Hoiberg has not decided on who will start at the point guard spot in the Bulls’ next game, against the Milwaukee Bucks. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams got playing time for the Bulls in Hoiberg’s benching of Rondo against the Pacers.

“I thought Michael [Carter-Williams] gave us really good energy in that first half and I went with him to start,” A non-compromising Hoiberg said to ESPN.

“Jerian [Grant], I thought played really solid last time against these guys so I went with Jerian with the backup minutes. Just the decision that we made.”

Rondo has been involved in a controversy earlier this season when he was suspended by the team due to “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Rondo trade now more likely with latest spat

With the latest controversy in Chicago, could there be a chance that Hoiberg and management are considering trading the veteran point guard? Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are the two leaders of the team and Rondo appears to be a bad fit in the Bulls’ system.

Rondo also has a very friendly contract that a trade could be easy to make for the Bulls. Rondo is in the first year of a two-year contract worth $28.1 million.

But it’s not clear which teams want to risk in acquiring Rondo, who has troubles with coaches in the past. If the Bulls attempt any trade, it would likely involve a playoff or title contenders since Rondo is already a veteran.

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Which team is best fit for Rondo if the Bulls deal him before February’s trade deadline?

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