The Chicago Bulls have reportedly found their Derrick Rose replacement.
The Bulls have signed point guard Rajon Rondo to a two-year deal worth $28 million, according to Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated.
Bulls to sign guard Rajon Rondo to a two-year, $28 million deal, he confirmed to @TheUndefeated.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 3, 2016
Rondo is coming off a one-year stint in Sacramento, where he averaged a double double in the form of 11.9 points and 11.7 assists per game. He’s a ready-made Rose replacement for a Bulls team that doesn’t appear willing to commit to a full rebuild. A backcourt pairing of Rondo and Jimmy Butler is dynamic and talented, but one wonders how they’ll both get enough touches to be successful and happy.
Rajon Rondo reportedly has his sights set on the east coast.
According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Rondo is interested in playing for the Brooklyn Nets. He also had interest in the New York Knicks before the Derrick Rose trade ruled them out as an option.
Speaking of Kings, source said their free agent Rajon Rondo is open to staying but also had interest in Knicks & Nets. Rose to NY kills that
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 24, 2016
Rondo’s options appear to be dwindling a bit. Mike Conley is a free agent too and might be a preferable big money option for some teams in the market. The Knicks may have been interested given Carmelo Anthony’s feelings, but they’re no longer an option. He’ll find a role somewhere, but after playing last season on a one-year deal, the terms might not be what he’d hoped for.
Rajon Rondo’s tenure with the Sacramento Kings may prove to be a short one.
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Kings won’t push hard to retain Rondo if bidding on him goes too high – and according to Lowe, that line is “lower than we might imagine.”
Rondo wasn’t bad for Sacramento in 2015-16. He led the league in assists, linked up well with DeMarcus Cousins, stayed healthy, and statistically posted numbers similar to the ones he did in his Boston heyday. The Kings were bad, though, and they’re not likely to see a dramatic improvement in fortunes next season. Rondo landed with the Kings on a discount, and that may not happen a second time. He’s a luxury item on a bad team.
When Rondo does hit the market, there’s at least one player out there who would love to have him on his team.
Rajon Rondo has been fairly conciliatory toward the Dallas Mavericks since he departed the organization, but deep down there’s still no love lost there.
If you want proof, just look at Rondo’s comments after his Sacramento Kings dealt a blow to Dallas’s playoff hopes.
“Yeah, I want them to get their plane ticket as soon as we get ours,” Rondo said, via the Associated Press. “So any time we can help, that’s what I try to get these guys (his teammates) to focus on. If we’re not going to make the playoffs then let’s help some of these guys go home with us.”
Rondo has a point. You have to motivate yourself and give yourself something to play for even when you’re out of contention. You just know, though, that he loves the idea of helping knock Dallas out of the running just a little bit more, no matter how many nice things he’s said about them since his acrimonious tenure there.
Let the Rajon Rondo-Knicks rumors begin again in earnest.
A little over a month after saying that he didn’t think the triangle offense wouldn’t be a good fit for him, Rondo backtracked on Sunday, saying that he thinks he could adapt to anything if he wanted to.
“I had a comment earlier about it, but if I put my mind at it, I think I can be good at anything,” Rondo said of the triangle offense, via Ryan Lazo of the New York Post.
Rondo also noted how much he enjoys playing at Madison Square Garden.
“It’s one of those arenas,” Rondo said. “That’s the biggest lights. It’s Broadway. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball, so it’s always great going there and perform in front of a lot of fans.”
Though Rondo was bashed by then-coach Derek Fisher for his criticism of the triangle, Carmelo Anthony has still been putting on a long-distance sell job. Given how hard Anthony has been pushing his team to do something big in free agency, a Rondo-Knicks union may not be too far-fetched.
- Rajon Rondo
Respect runs deep between Kings guard Rajon Rondo and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. It just does so in a bizarre and beautiful way.
After the Kings defeated the Lakers by the final of 106-98 on Tuesday, Rondo spoke with reporters and commented on the close nature of his friendship with The Black Mamba. “I don’t have a lot of friends,” Rondo said per Baxter Holmes of ESPN. “I’m just friends with a lot of a–holes.”
Rondo and Kobe grew close. Why? Rondo: "I don’t have a lot of friends. I’m just friends with a lot of a–holes."
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) March 16, 2016
The two have shared a long history, their fierce battles in the NBA Finals eventually giving way to a sense of mutual admiration as competitors. Bryant was said to be disappointed when the Lakers failed to sign Rondo in free agency last summer.
This definitely isn’t the first time Bryant and Rondo have used the “a–hole” metaphor to lovingly sum up their friendship either, having exchanged the following compliments back in 2014 (per SB Nation):
Kobe on how Rondo will survive the rebuild: "From what I understand he's an asshole like me, so he'll manage."
— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) January 17, 2014
Rondo, on being called an asshole by Kobe: "That's a great compliment, coming from Kobe. I feel the same way about him."
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) January 18, 2014
Bryant and Rondo also caused a social media firestorm later that year by having breakfast together, a meeting the latter famously dubbed “just two a–holes having breakfast.”
Upon Bryant’s retirement at the end of the season, the NBA will surely miss its most weirdly wonderful friendship. But at least the two have combined to forever form the world’s most exclusive fraternity: The A–Hole Association.
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Carmelo Anthony is not planning to take a back seat when the New York Knicks begin rebuilding their roster this offseason. The veteran forward intends to recruit players, and he already knows who he is going to start with.
On Monday, Anthony openly admitted to reporters that he is going to try to convince Rajon Rondo to sign with the Knicks.
“I think Rondo — just me personally, I don’t want to be tampering — but I’ve heard he said he wouldn’t thrive in a system like this,” Anthony said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “I think he’d be perfect in a system like this.”
Carmelo would likely have to do a lot of convincing with Rondo, because the point guard has already said that he does not see himself as a fit for the triangle offense. Rondo is not a good jump-shooter, but Anthony insists that doesn’t matter.
“It is a misconception about that. Some of the keys of our offense is penetration, getting in the paint,” he said. “Pushing the pace, transition. Creating in the paint for bigs, for yourself, everybody else. I think a point guard would love that. Especially a point guard who can penetrate, create for yourself, create for others. I think it’s a perfect opportunity for him.
“Put me at the head of the (meeting) table,” Anthony said. “And let’s go to work.”
The Knicks’ chances of signing Rondo probably improved slightly when they fired Derek Fisher, seeing as how Fisher had some harsh criticism for Rondo last month. New York would also have to clear cap space for Rondo, assuming Phil Jackson even wants to 30-year-old.
Does Jackson want Anthony’s input? That’s a question for another day.