At the start of 2016-17 NBA season, the Chicago Bulls’ starting point guard was Rajon Rondo. They believed that him, Jimmy Bulter, and Dwyane Wade were going to be their big three and lead them to the playoffs.
However, after the first 29 games of the season, he was averaging 7.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 7.1 assists, while shooting 36.9 percent, which is a career low. He lost his starting position to Michael Carter-Williams.
As the games went on, Rondo saw less-and-less playing time. He was playing around 30 minutes a game, but in the month of January his minutes dropped to 19. It reached to the point where he didn’t play for 3 games in a row. Head coach Fred Holberg went with Carter-Williams as the starting point guard and Jerian Grant as the backup.
Rondo’s future doesn’t look like it is going to be in Chicago. He just turned 31 years old and Holberg has already expressed that Rondo doesn’t fit his style of play. Not to mention the time when Butler and Wade both criticized the team to the public, and Rondo responded with an instragm post saying “my vets would never go to the media”. That caused a lot of controversy and tension between the team.
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Therefore, it is surprising that Rondo didn’t get traded. The team made a decision to go with their younger guards, and he was having friction with their two best players.
Adding Payne to their roster now gives them five point guards. It also gives them another point guard younger than Rondo.
There are a few teams that could use a veteran point guard. Teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks, who are both very young teams that need veteran leadership.
It looks like Rondo’s time in Chicago by be coming to end this offseason. They need to trade him or some of their other point guards. However, the likelihood of the Bulls is that they will be going into rebuild mode soon, thus trading their young guards might not be the decision they can make.