Many thought Rajon Rondo’s career would end in Sacramento, and that the effort wouldn’t be there from the now-30-year-old point guard, myself included, but those people were very wrong.
Rondo looked like the quintessential point guard he used to be, hooking up his teammates and spreading the ball around beautifully, ranking first in the league in assists (11.7/game). He also averaged 11 points and 4.8 rebounds.
As such, he drew a fair amount of interest from teams in search of a veteran point guard, although there weren’t as many this year as in years past. And when Mike Conley inked the biggest contract in NBA history a few days ago, a max contract worth $153 million, that projected well for Rondo.
With the Bulls in need of a point guard, after trading Derrick Rose to the Knicks, there was a bit of talk building about their interest in Rondo. Sure enough, the veteran point guard will be headed to Chicago on a two-year deal.
Bulls to sign guard Rajon Rondo to a two-year, $28 million deal, he confirmed to @TheUndefeated.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 3, 2016
The Bulls are more of a defensive team, and Rondo doesn’t really put forth all that much effort on defense, which makes this move a bit questionable. They’re also a tight-knit group, with Jimmy Butler the clear star, so we’ll see if he’ll be able to maintain a positive attitude while there.
There are a lot of “ifs” here, but if things fall into place, Rondo could be the boost the Bulls need to cure their woes on offense. They do, however, take a hit on the defensive side of the ball.