As we all suspected, Rajon Rondo’s time with the Dallas Mavericks is over. The trade in December that was supposed to make the Mavericks among the best in the Western Conference lead to them falling all the way to the seventh seed and losing to the Houston Rockets 4-1 in round one. Rajon Rondo was clearly un-happy in Dallas and with Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle. After Rondo was ruled out indefinitely due to a back ‘injury’ the team and Rondo agreed to part ways according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, as he provided us with this information in a recent article by him.
Rondo never really fit with the Mavs, as the concerns about the impact of his poor shooting in coach Rick Carlisle’s flow offense quickly manifested and were never solved. The hope of a “Playoff Rondo” sighting was crushed after his poor Game 1 performance and the appearance he gave up in Game 2.
The Mavs and Rondo made a mutual decision to part ways the next day, sources told ESPNDallas.com, framing the reasoning as a back injury as a favor to try to help the four-time All-Star point guard save face.
The truth was that the Mavs didn’t want Rondo, who was going to be replaced in the starting lineup regardless, pouting and rubbing off on other players, Ellis in particular. Essentially, the Mavs made a drastic move in an attempt to do damage control on a chemistry crisis.
So it seems like most of us were right. Rajon Rondo’s back injury was nonsense as the Mavericks didn’t want him in the starting lineup anymore. It’ll be interesting to see where Rondo lands this Summer as he will be an impending free agent.
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