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April 23, 2015 Updates

Carlisle said that Rondo is not expected to be around the team for the rest of the series as he explores additional medical opinions. Asked after the game if Rondo wanted to be on the floor, Carlisle told reporters in Houston: "You have to ask him that question. All I know right now is that we need everybody at their competitive best. This isn't about one guy who did or didn't play. This is about everybody pulling in the same direction for the organization. That's what it's about." ESPN.com

April 22, 2015 Updates

Carlisle banished him to the bench, choosing Raymond Felton over Rondo in the fourth quarter. Everything's pushing Rondo closer to his inevitable free-agent fleeing to the Lakers this summer. As long as the coach is back, Rondo's gone, sources told Yahoo Sports. The parting could be mutual. Yahoo! Sports

Around Rondo, the energy is toxic. The Rockets' and Mavericks' interests intersect everywhere, including with the trade pursuit for Rondo in December. Rondo's agent never wanted Rondo in Houston, partly because it would've cost another client, Patrick Beverley, his job and payday to re-sign with the Rockets this summer. In the end, the Rockets kept bidding on Rondo to try to push the price higher for the Mavericks, which was ultimately unsuccessful. Yahoo! Sports

At this point, Carlisle really has no motivation to massage Rondo's ego. They won't be together much longer before they reach a mutual decision to part ways this summer, when Rondo enters free agency. Carlisle can only care about giving Dallas its best chance to pull off an upset in this series, and the overwhelming evidence from the first two games is that Rondo isn't part of the solution. ESPN.com

When Rondo realized his run with the Celtics was over this year, he planned to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. He expected a maximum contract. Once Dallas made the trade, he was open to re-signing with the Mavericks – only there are no max contract offers for Rondo on the market. Not in Dallas, nor Los Angeles. He's played his way out of that payday – not just this year, but since that terrible ACL injury two years ago. Yahoo! Sports

After the game, he was surrounded at his locker room by reporters. After getting dressed, he walked by the media members, briefly stopped in the training room, put head phones in and refused to talk. “I like the way other guys were playing,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “Coach’s decision.” When asked about Rondo’s effort tonight, Carlisle said: “You can ask him that question. “All I know, right now, is that we need everybody at their competitive best. This isn’t about one guy who did or didn’t play. This is about everybody pulling in the same direction for the organization. That’s what it’s all about.” Houston Chronicle

Rajon Rondo looped around the media horde surrounding his stall late Tuesday night in the Toyota Center visitors' locker room and darted into the trainer's room. A couple of minutes later, Rondo emerged with headphone buds in his ears and ignored the handful of reporters who attempted to ask him questions as he walked toward the arena's exits, his eyes never shifting from straight ahead. ESPN.com

Perhaps surprisingly, there were no postgame fireworks between Carlisle and Rondo, multiple sources told ESPNDallas.com. The coach and point guard had infamous expletive-laced exchanges on Feb. 24, the first occurring during a timeout after Rondo walked the ball up the floor and ignored Carlisle's play call midway through the third quarter, the second coming in the locker room after Rondo watched the rest of the Mavs' comeback win over the Toronto Raptors from the bench. ESPN.com

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