Rajon Rondo goes to Chicago for 2 years, $30M

Point guard Rajon Rondo is drawing interest from the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers and possibly the New Orleans Pelicans, a source tells The Undefeated.

The Chicago Bulls made one of the biggest moves by trading Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks.

Rondo averaged 11.9 points and an NBA-best 11.7 assists with the Kings.

It looks like Rondo's going to be motivated to make things happen in Chicago, due to year two of his contract being only partially guaranteed. Second-year coach Fred Hoiberg failed to establish a coherent identity or style in his disappointing first season, and now he will be at the mercy of Rondo's domineering inconsistency.

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Rondo comes with baggage. He will be a candidate to play behind point guard Dennis Schroder, the team's new starter after Jeff Teague was traded to Indiana. During that time, Rondo became a public enemy of the Bulls.

Most importantly, Rondo started in 72 games last season, his most appearances in a season since 2009-10.

The one obvious question mark with this deal that has already been discussed widely on various social media outlets, is whether or not Rondo can co-exist with second-year National Basketball Association coach Fred Hoiberg.

A chance at having Rondo on their team was not an opportunity the Bulls were willing to pass up on. It will be interesting to see how much Rondo playing for Chicago influences the overall balance of power in a much-changed Eastern Conference and how it will affect the Celtics. Rondo, 30, was available because he's always available these days. Why the team would bring in another player with a reputation for divisiveness after last year's messiness is a mystery. The signing of Rondo may be key to making it happen in their next campaign. This can give the Chicago Bulls a huge boost as I think Rajon Rondo is still an elite point guard and an fantastic passer and thinker on the court.

  • Lawrence Cooper