Welp, it looks like Rajon Rondo has overstayed his welcome on yet another team. Don't know what I'm talking about? I'll briefly recap this whole ordeal involving the All-Star point guard.
This offseason, Rajon Rondo signed a 2-year deal with the Bulls, putting him on his 4th team in 3 years; the deal is worth $28 million. Rondo, along with D-Wade and Jimmy Butler, were shaping up to form an interesting, High-IG, big 3 in Chi-Town for at least a couple of seasons. However, things haven't gone so well for Rajon and the Bulls. They're 16-17, good for 8th in a weak Eastern Conference. But Rondo certainly hasn't done much: averaging just above 7 points and 7 assists on the year.
As for more recent events? Rondo got benched after scoring just 2 points in 11 minutes in the first half against the Pacers the other night, a game in which the Bulls lost 111-101. Rondo had also been benched the game before. On top of that, the Bulls benched Rondo for the entire game against the Bucks on Saturday night, a game that the Bulls lost again. This time by 20, behind a triple-double from rookie Malcolm Brogdon.
So now we must ask? Is Rondo's career in Chicago done?
Now, Bulls coach, Fred Hoiberg, said that Rondo has handled his benching like a pro, and hasn't whined about it at all. But I believe he's done in Chicago. The only question is: Who wants him?
The obvious choice, in my opinion, would've been the T'Wolves. But they already have a pass-first point guard in Ricky Rubio, with whom they are 9-19 with. Simply put, the Wolves need a more dynamic player at the point in order to succeed. So my next option would be the Sixers. The Sixers have a surplus of talent in the frontcourt, and the Bulls currently have a starting front court of Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez. Talk about soft.
What the Sixers lack though is a "star" point guard that is fully capable of quarterbacking an offense. And with the likes of Embiid and Okafor in the frontcourt, Rondo has 2 star bigs to work with. And we all know what type of player Rondo is with star bigs: All-Star level. Plus, I think it would do wonders for Rondo's career to be put in a situation where he has to be a leader on a team looking to make the playoffs in the near future.
Rajon Rondo and a first round pick