After all the hoopla over the start of free agency we had a chance to breath and then laugh hysterically when the Chicago Bulls signed Rajon Rondo. The deal is reportedly worth $28M over two years (all guaranteed) and while that doesn’t seem like a ton it’s a deal that makes little sense on many levels. It doesn’t make sense from a basketball perspective and it doesn’t make sense from a future development stand point. All this signing does is bring a household name to the team and potentially gets the casual fan excited and gets them to forget they just traded away their hometown former-MVP for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.
The Bulls shipped off Derrick Rose because they wanted this to be Jimmy Butler’s team and Fred Hoiberg was having difficulty managing Rose. So the answer is to bring in a strong willed, often irritable and contentious Rajon Rondo? Do the Bulls really think it’s wise to bring in another alpha-dog to the situation when you just said this was Butler’s team? And let’s not forget the basketball X’s and O’s where both players are on-ball dominate guards who don’t thrive without the ball in their hands. Rondo is a guard who can definitely bring a triple-double every night but does so hogging the ball. His perimeter jump shot is near non-existent, something the Bulls are so desperately lacking, and yet the biggest question mark surrounds his attitude.
Rondo will be playing for his fourth team in just two seasons. From Boston to a short and miserable stint in Dallas where he nearly came to blows with Rick Carlisle, to a brief rejuvenation in Sacramento and now to Chicago. Last year with the Kings, Rondo averaged 11.9 points per game and an NBA’s best 11.7 assists per game. He recorded 10+ assists in 51 of the Kings last 72 games and had two games of 20+ dimes. It was the fourth time in his career averaging a double-double. With all of that said the Kings still missed the playoffs at 33-49, 10th in the Western Conference and fired their head coach George Karl.
No other major moves on Day 3 other than Jamal Crawford stating that he would be coming back to the Los Angeles Clippers. It appeared Crawford was going to leave after he was offered a contract far below what the Clippers ended up giving Austin Rivers aka the coach’s son. The 76ers made a hard push at Crawford and apparently offered him a boat load of money but that’s not what he’s chasing at this point in his career. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year is going to sign a deal in the ballpark of $42M over the next 3 years.