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In the process, Butler also acknowledged that he would like for Rajon Rondo’s team option to be picked up this summer. “Of course,” Butler said. “He’s been huge for us this year, man.”
In fact, Rondo is so content that he offered the same answer when asked if he would want to return even if Dwyane Wade opts out of the second year of his contract. “Yes,” Rondo said. “This team was put together in a couple months with, I think, 10 new guys. It’s hard to jell that quickly, especially if guys don’t have the right mindset. Organizations have to give guys a little bit of time to grow and learn each other.
For the first time, Rajon Rondo answered affirmatively — and without hesitation — when asked Tuesday if he hopes the Bulls pick up a team option for him to return next season. “Yeah, I like where I’m at. I think we have a really good team,” Rondo said. “We made a big trade halfway through the season. All the things this year with 45 different lineups, we still made it to the playoffs. Right now, just try to stay consistent as possible and develop some chemistry.”
Rondo said he is focused on finishing this season strongly for the Bulls and not what the future holds. “I’m not really thinking about next year as far as where I will be. I’m going to stay here. I’m going to stay present. I’m not going to waste away any time. I’m a Chicago Bull. A good group of guys. I’m just trying to lead by example and play as hard as I can,” Rondo said.
With only $3 million of Rondo’s 2017-18 salary guaranteed, Chicago really only risked one year on the tempestuous point guard. (Though league sources insist the Bulls brass hasn’t ruled out bringing Rondo back next season.
With only $3 million of Rondo’s 2017-18 salary guaranteed, Chicago really only risked one year on the tempestuous point guard. (Though league sources insist the Bulls brass hasn’t ruled out bringing Rondo back next season.)
“It’s a little different,” he said. “I have to figure out, even more carefully, what I choose to do, and who I choose to play for.”
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has signed guard Rajon Rondo. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.
“We are very excited to add Rajon to our organization. He is a tremendous competitor and a championship-level player. He is a battle-tested veteran who has been an All-Star and NBA Champion. He is a terrific distributor and playmaker who we feel be a great addition to our team,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman.
Vincent Goodwill: Being told “mutual option” on year 2 with Bulls and Rondo. That will be interesting. Rondo’s mutual option means the Bulls and Rondo each have the option after year 1 to walk away or continue. Player and team option.
Vincent Goodwill: With the “mutual option”, Rondo and Bulls working on the language as far as dates/guarantees. I’ll clarify when given…clarity
Sam Amick: Rajon Rondo to the Bulls for two years, $30 million I’m told. @Marc J. Spears reported $28 mil, but he’s Chi-town bound nonetheless. There are no options on Rajon Rondo’s two-year, $30 million deal with the Bulls, I’m told. All guaranteed money.
Sam Amick: Correction: on the second year of the Rajon Rondo deal to Chicago, I’m told there’s a “mutual buyout.” Specifics unclear, though.
Marc J. Spears: “I’m excited. Great organization with pieces around me that I’m excited about,” @Rajon Rondo told @TheUndefeated about going to @Chicago Bulls
Marc J. Spears: Bulls to sign guard Rajon Rondo to a two-year, $28 million deal, he confirmed to @TheUndefeated.
David Aldridge: Kings, moving on from Rajon Rondo, are comfortable with Darren Collison as their starter next season, I’m told. Will look for backup PG.
At point guard, the Kings don’t intend to re-sign Rajon Rondo, according to league sources, leaving them with just Darren Collison and rookie Isaiah Cousins at the position.
Marc J. Spears: Kings FA PG Rajon Rondo getting interest from Kings, Bulls, Sixers & possibly Pelicans, source told @TheUndefeated. Anthony Davis a Rondo fan.
Scott Kushner: Source claims #Pelicans have no interest in PG Rajon Rondo, despite reports to the contrary.
Chris Mannix: New Orleans among the teams expressing interest in Rajon Rondo, league sources told @The Vertical. Rondo led the NBA in assists last season.
Marc J. Spears: Along with Bulls, Rajon Rondo had previous interest in Knicks & Nets but both have landed PGs. Rajon Rondo also open minded about Kings-Cuz reunion.
Marc Stein: Rajon Rondo indeed had a free-agent meeting today with the Bulls in Chicago, league sources tell @MarcJSpears and me
KC Johnson: Rajon Rondo met with Bulls in Chicago today, per sources.
Vincent Goodwill: Yes Rajon Rondo has been spotted at O’Hare airport. And yes he and the Bulls have talked, per a source. No word of a deal
Alex Kennedy: Rajon Rondo remains a possibility for the Brooklyn Nets. Hearing there’s some mutual interest there. Nothing imminent though.
Sam Amick: As for Rajon Rondo, it sounds as if that situation may take some time to play out. Other pieces (SG, stretch four) will be prioritized.
The Nets have landed a meeting with with Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo, one of the best point guards on the free-agent market, The Post has learned.
Brian Lewis: The #Nets will meet with free agent point guard Rajon Rondo, according to sources. #NBAFreeAgency
Jacob Rude: Can I report on this? – Steve Kyler: If you want — add Rajon Rondo and Brandon Jennings to the report both are said to be mutually interested in Nets.
Anthony Puccio: We’ve heard Rondo’s interest in NY, but it’s still unclear whether #Nets would take that route. Desire for international talent is evident.
Anthony Puccio: Hearing a lot of Rondo/BKN rumors the past few days. Was told by a source that he’d love to play in NY. Knicks have Rose. #Nets need a PG.
Rondo may or may not be part of the Kings’ future. He is open to new opportunities. At 30, this may be the last big contract of his career, and he understands that his maturity, leadership, and production have been questioned. “I envision a great summer,” he said. “Hopefully I can sign me another deal and get another job. If I get another job, why wouldn’t it be exciting?”
Rondo said he became more of a locker room presence and mentor in Sacramento, having to tutor Cousins following his clashes with Karl. And he said his past brushes with coaches and teammates helped him mature and prepare him for that situation. “For me to be in that situation in my 10th year, what I’ve learned and grown from in the past, I was able to handle [the chaos],” Rondo said. “I was able to handle it a lot better than maybe Year 4 or 5. A lot of people criticize and get on DeMarcus a lot, but the man is a very young man and he hasn’t had too many great vets around him to teach him how to become a better professional.
Rondo said he would “love to continue to play with” Cousins, but for that to happen, he and the Kings need to “come together and figure out if we can work, but if not, I’m always in, I’m open. I’m open this summer and I look forward to having a great career.” As for his free-agent options this summer, Rondo said, “I want to see myself in a situation where guys want to grow, guys want to get better. I don’t want to be the hardest-working guy in the gym.”
Asked if he felt that way with the Kings, he said, “at times I did.” Rondo said he wants his next landing spot to feature “guys that want to work and win” and are “willing to sacrifice, continue to grow, get better, go outside their comfort zone.”
The 30-year-old was smart enough to take a one-year, $9 million contract in Sacramento to rehabilitate his image and has accomplished that by averaging 11.7 points and 11.8 assists per game, his assist total an NBA best and career high after Sunday night’s 88-80 victory over the Knicks. “I want to make this — whatever I do — my last stop,” Rondo, who has played for the Celtics, Mavericks and Kings in the last two seasons, told The Post.
On Sunday, Rondo was there in the Garden to feed DeMarcus Cousins for his monster game, and there to remind the Knicks that — no matter his earlier public doubts about the triangle offense — he’s smart enough to figure out any offense, no matter what shape. “I’m not against anything,” Rondo told The Post. “I’m pretty smart. I can figure out anything I need to figure out.’’
Ian Begley: Here’s Rajon Rondo’s reaction to Derek Fisher saying he wasn’t very successful against the triangle offense: “He might have blacked out a couple of times (when) we beat their a– in ’08. They got us back in ’10. He just might’ve had a moment where he was a little frustrated with my comment. But he didn’t really honestly probably think about what he said, obviously. But he has his own opinion. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion and I stated mine a couple months back about it.”
On second thought, Rajon Rondo does think he can be successful in the triangle offense. A little more than a month after saying the triangle “wasn’t a good look for him,” Rondo backtracked from those comments following a Kings practice at Baruch College ahead of the team’s game against the Knicks at the Garden on Sunday night. “I had a comment earlier about it, but if I put my mind at it, I think I can be good at anything,” Rondo told The Post.
Rondo signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Kings last year in attempt to revive his career, and he has done just that. The 30-year-old is averaging 11.8 points and a career-high 11.9 assists per game and has made it known he loves to play 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.”
It is known Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis thinks Rondo would be a good fit in the triangle, and the future free agent said he believes all it takes is having the right personnel for it to be successful in today’s NBA. “The Lakers have proven you can have success,” Rondo said. “Even go back to the old Bulls. I think it’s about personnel and it’s about having the right guys. You need guys with a high IQ, who really know the game well to break down film and become great at it.”
The Knicks are campaigning openly to see if they can find a new starting point guard next season. Carmelo Anthony lobbied for free-agent-to-be Rajon Rondo earlier in the road trip — and he will grace the Garden on Sunday when the Kings face the Knicks. According to an NBA source, Rambis is high on Rondo and what he can do in the triangle. Earlier this week, the Knicks officially signed former Sixers point guard Tony Wroten, who is not expected to play this season as he rehabs from last season’s ACL tear but will be brought to summer league. However, Wroten has a tiny guarantee for next season, and only if he is invited to training camp.
Sam Amick: Since @aaronbruski is tweeting Kings, why not share a tidbit: the Rondo camp is very pro-George Karl. Not a game-changer, but worth noting.
The normally mild-mannered Knicks coach Derek Fisher shot back at Rondo, who made comments in Brooklyn on Friday that the triangle offense isn’t for him when discussing his free agency. When asked before the Knicks-Nuggets game about Rondo’s remark and if it concerns him to hear that from an elite player, Fisher said: “That’s your decision on whether or not he’s elite or not. You can’t ask him when he wasn’t very successful playing against [the triangle] whether or not he wants to play in it. That’s his opinion. That’s fine. He doesn’t play for us. We’re not concerned about his opinion about us at this point.’’
Anyway, Rondo, who likes it in Sacramento, was asked about what will factor into his upcoming decision. “[The] coach. And style of play. The biggest thing for me is the style of play,” he replied before the Kings were destroyed by the Nets, surrendering 18 3-pointers and 55.8 percent shooting in a 128-119 loss. “I wouldn’t want to go to a system where I don’t really have the ball in my hands and they have you stand in the corner and shoot 3s. That’s not my style of play. … The style of play is the biggest thing, and then obviously personnel on the court and coaches.”
At this point, it doesn’t appear he’s going to join the crosstown rival New York Knicks, who are in need of a point guard themselves. “The triangle’s not really a good look for me, I don’t think,” Rondo said. Either way, free agency seems pretty far away.
Leo Beas: Rajon Rondo: “I don’t want to go to a system where I don’t really have the ball in my hands & they have me stand in the corner shooting 3s. Thats not my style of play yet. Hopefully I can turn into Jason Kidd soon. J-Kidd turned it around, so that’s my inspiration.” #NBA
Rondo is with the Kings on a one-year deal, but if Cousins has any say, his starting point guard won’t be going anywhere after this season. “That’s my man,” Cousins said. “We talk a lot. There’s nothing we don’t talk about. It’s like we’ve been knowing each other for a while. There’s no other way to put it, that’s my guy.” Rondo’s ability to show Cousins how to deal with the continual scrutiny of others could be just as vital as getting the All-Star center good looks at the basket.
The frequent run-ins with coaches, the banishment from Dallas last season, and now this — it all has some team executives wondering when one of the most talented and combustible players in the league will run out of second chances. Multiple league sources told CBS Sports that some teams may stay away from Rondo, 29, when he hits the free-agent market next summer. But others suggested that the incident ultimately would have no impact on his market value, making it plausible that he could still land a max deal or close to it on the open market.
The Knicks have an overflow of big men to deal as point guard is the roster’s key issue, with the inconsistencies of Jose Calderon and Grant. The Knicks definitely will address that position this summer with their cap space when Memphis point guard Mike Conley and Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo, who torched the Knicks on Thursday, falling one rebound short of a triple-double, are free agents.
Blake Ellington: Rondo on Cousins saying he wanted to kidnap him to keep him in Sacramento: “It touched my heart.” Both seem to get along well.
But after just a little more than a month with the Kings, there’s evidence that Rondo has wiped clean the memory of his rough tenure with Dallas and has rebuilt his value heading into what could be a free-agent bonanza next summer, when the league’s salary cap will spike as new television money is added to NBA revenues. “I don’t know whether he will quite get the maximum, mostly because we don’t know what the max is going to be,” one Eastern Conference general manager told Sporting News. “But there is going to be a lot of money on the market and only a handful of players who you would really say are max guys. If Rajon were to keep playing the way he’s been playing, if he is not getting the max next year, it’ll be close.”
Consider Rondo in the “so far, so good” stage of his time with the Kings. “It would not surprise me at all if he winds up with a max deal next summer,” another league executive told Sporting News. “Maybe not for five years, but a three-year deal or something like that. But if he stays healthy, I would expect the money to be around max. But let’s see how the year goes.”
After his struggles in Dallas, Rondo signed a one-year, $11 million contract, yet Cousins expects Rondo to be in a Kings uniform with him next season when a new downtown arena opens. “He ain’t going nowhere. I will kidnap him myself,” Cousins told Yahoo Sports.
Sam Amick: Update on the Rajon Rondo to Sac deal: being told its $9.5 million. They get their guy.
Marc J. Spears: Kings F Rudy Gay played an instrumental role in convincing his close friend Rajon Rondo to come to Sacramento, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Marc J. Spears: Rajon Rondo to sign one-year, $10 million deal with Kings, source told Yahoo
Marc J. Spears: Free agent guard Rajon Rondo had a good visit with Kings exec Vlade Divac in Sacramento, but has not accepted any offer, source told Yahoo.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Kings clearing the salary cap space to pursue free agents Rajon Rondo and Wes Matthews, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Marc J. Spears: Kings VP Vlade Divac has called free agent guard Rajon Rondo and requested that he visit Sacramento, a source said. Contract not offered YET
Marc J. Spears: Free agent PG Rajon Rondo is intrigued by Kings & their roster, source said. He’s also close friends with Rudy Gay & doesn’t know Coach Karl
The Lakers spent much of the week dabbling in trade talks with the Kings for big man DeMarcus Cousins, but the team was not fully committed to making a deal at this point, knowing well that a potential free-agent bonanza awaits in six days, that would allow them to add stars without giving up their chance at Russell, who could be a franchise guard. The Lakers had long been connected with point guard Rajon Rondo in free agency, in part because of his friendship with star Kobe Bryant, but the addition of Russell ends that possibility. One source, when asked about Rondo going to the Lakers, simply said, “Doubtful.”
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The Spurs are reportedly exploring the feasibility of a massive acquisition of Paul, but the odds of the stars aligning for San Antonio reportedly aren’t realistic according to Adrian Wojnarowski, who appeared on CBS Sports Radio on Sunday with Gary Parrish to discuss where Paul might land.
“Not that I see,” Wojnarowski said of Paul’s chances of ending up with the Spurs. “I don’t know where that came from. I’ve spent a lot of time around the Spurs this spring. They would have to just tear up that entire payroll. It’s almost unlike anything the Spurs would’ve done or would do to even have a chance at him. I mean, they’d have to really gut the roster. And to do that for a 30-plus year old point guard, who has a couple great years left, there’s no question — I think there’s more pressure on the Clippers to have to re-sign him than for the Spurs to turn their whole franchise over to make a run at him.”
“Listen, Chris Paul, financially, the difference with him staying in L.A. and to get paid, I’d have a hard time imagining him leaving there,” continued Wojnarowski. “There’s so much money for him to be made and at that Los Angeles market, just in terms of his marketing endorsements, I still think they’re a pretty overwhelming favorite to re-sign him.”
Have they told you they’re going to pick up that option? Bryn Forbes: “Not explicitly, but they don’t really tell you much explicitly, ‘This is what’s going to happen.’ From making the team, I didn’t know what to expect. (Popovich) told me after the last (preseason) game that I made the team. Every step of the way, you find out that last day, even if you thought you knew from the jump.”
Did you know Coach Popovich was going to play you that much? Bryn Forbes: “His style is to just kind of throw you in the fire sometimes, when you least expect it. You come to the game like, ‘Ah, I probably won’t play this one, I’ll probably just be sitting,’ and boom, you’re in the game in the second quarter. You’ve just got to stay prepared. For him to put his trust in me, you always want to show up when he does that, so that he feels more comfortable putting me out there.”
Kevin Durant on Bob Myers: “He doesn’t walk around like he’s the leader. We know he makes the big decisions but we work together, all of us, him and Steve especially. If you see Bob walking with a group of Warriors employees, you wouldn’t know he’s Bob Myers, the president of the team. He just fits in with everybody.”