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Bulls Sign Rondo to 2-year Contract

The plan was stated very clearly by general manager Gar Forman: We want to add young and athletic talent.  On Sunday, the Bulls did just the opposite.  Rondo1

The Bulls have signed former NBA champion Rajon Rondo to a two-year contract worth $28 million.  The current NBA assist leader, averaged 11.7 assists last year with 11.7 points per contest. Rondo has some words to say shortly after the signing.  He states:“I’m excited. Great organization with pieces around me that I’m excited about.”

Rondo, 30, is a four time All-Star(all with Celtics) and last season was the first time since 2012-2013 that he averaged a double-double.

 

Chicago will be his fourth team in less than two years with previous stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings.  The Kentucky alum had at least 10 assists in 51 of 72 games last season and two games where he had at 20. There is no question Rondo can find the open man, but can he play defense like the former NBA All-Defensive team Rondo? His play the last couple of years says no.RajonRondoFlex  

On Friday during his visit with the Bulls, coach Fred Hoiberg and Rajon Rondo watched film for an hour.  Both came out of it with a sense that Chicago would be a good fit for him and Hoiberg envisioning Rondo running his offense.

But Rajon Rondo does not fit the “young and athletic” category that we think Gar Forman is trying to accomplish.  Rondo had ACL surgery in 2013, and has not been the same defensive player since. Also being 30 years old compared to Jerian Grant who is 23, the age difference is not making the Bulls any younger of a team.

But wait, if you take a look at the contract, Rondo appears to be a rental player.  On the second year of his deal, it becomes a mutual option, meaning talks will occur with management if he will return for another year in Chicago.  Now that could get interesting.

In addition, Rajon Rondo’s personality is a whole conversation in itself. He clashed heads with Rivers during the end of his tenure in Boston, had troubles with Rick Carlisle, and George Carl in Sacramento was a problem from the start.  Fred Hoiberg was coaching a split locker room last year with all the problems between Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose, and hurt Joakim Noah. Rondo bailed on the Mavericks in a playoff series in 2015 and was suspended three times in 2012. Rondo has the ability to pass the ball, shot his career best 36.5% from three last season, and had an okay player efficiency rating, but he does not play defense anymore and fails to attack the rim in search of his own offense. The attitude is a problem but his dwindling skill-set questions the Bulls thought process of the signing.

Deron Williams just signed a one year, 10 million dollar deal to re-join the Mavericks.  Heck, that would have been a great sign for the Bulls.  Bulls fans could have experienced some flashes of his Illini days, and he has no track record of suspensions or attitude with his teammates and coaches.

Previously, the Bulls had no plans to waive veteran Jose Calderon, acquired from the Knicks in the Rose trade. Now, the Bulls have four ballhandlers (Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Spencer Dinwiddie, Rajon Rondo). The Bulls now may waive the 34 year old Calderon or just drop Dinwiddie because his contract in a non-guarantee.

The circus in Chicago will be in full force next season.  Last year was just the opening act. This year, Fred Hoiberg will attempt to run the clown show that is the Chicago Bulls.

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