Welcome to The Blog About Nothing. It’s the 6th of January and this is the first blog for the year 2017. Thanks for reading and stopping by this week. This week I’ll talk about the enigma trapped in a riddle that is Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo.
I once suggested that the Oklahoma City Thunder should consider trading Russell Westbrook to the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo. Before you scream that I’m a huge idiot, this was seasons ago, when Rajon was a Boston Celtic, and before Russell became the consistent triple-double machine that he is now.
You see, I looked at Rajon and the way he spread the ball around for those Celtics teams as well as the ease he got his points, assists, steals, rebounds, and thought that he would be a good fit next to Kevin Durant and it would eliminate any friction that Durant and Westbrook might have had.
Durant is a Golden State Warrior now, and maybe the green eyed monster better known as jealousy did show itself at times in their relationship. I did not think they would split up, but they did and so far it appears to be the best thing for both players.
However, my argument at the time for trading Westbrook for Rondo came from the fact that I thought Durant and Westbrook might become this generation’s version of Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury. As you may recall in the mid to late 1990s the Minnesota Timberwolves had two young stars in Garnett and Marbury and they could have had a bright future together.
However, the two started to clash and Stephon’s ego forced a trade to New Jersey and he began a nomad tour around the NBA where his ego eventually found him bouncing from team to team. He’s currently becoming a legend in China but if things went his way he could have ended his playing days here. I fear the same will happen for Rajon Rondo.
I’ll always admire the way Rondo plays the game but the guy is a cancer. He aggravated his way out of Boston. He annoyed his way through short stints in Dallas and Sacramento and now he’s already got under the skin of the Chicago Bulls organization who signed him to a two year deal in the offseason.
Rondo is currently not in the rotation. The Bulls are a floundering team, and the fit with Dwyane Wade did lead me to believe that the two could not work in the backcourt, but it amazes me how fast Rondo can get on the wrong side of his own organization.
Rondo not playing might be the best for a Bulls team that is more talented than their barely over .500 record but if it doesn’t work in Chicago, where can he go to next?
His deal is manageable. He signed a two year contract in the offseason for a total of $9 million. Trading his deal is not difficult, but he would have to go to a team with a strong head coach who can deal with the headstrong guard.
One landing spot for Rondo, in my opinion, should be the Orlando Magic. Frank Vogel is in his first year in Orlando, and the Magic so far have been playing better than expected but there is a hole at point guard. Elfrid Payton is a good young point guard but he lacks consistency. Inserting Rondo and letting him run alongside Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, and Serge Ibaka would be a way to go.
Another landing spot for Rondo should be the Phoenix Suns. A trade for Brandon Knight would flip one problem point guard for the other. Earl Watson, as a former NBA point guard, should be able to get through to Rondo and there are some young players there that could run with Rondo as well. On the surface it’s a fair trade.
Those two teams are just starting points for Rondo. The Philadelphia 76ers could use a point guard, but I think his personality would be a horrible fit for such a young team. Plus the Sixers seem intent on playing Ben Simmons at the point guard spot, once the talented rookie returns from injury.
In sports it has proven time and time again that players can get second, third, and even fourth chances if their skills outweigh the drawbacks. That’s why I think Rondo gets another chance.
He still has the athleticism to get to the basket, he can still run an offense, but he needs the perfect situation to work, and even then he’ll be expected to mess it up from time to time.
A leopard does not change his spots, and he is indeed a leopard, but he can still play in this League. It just won’t be in Chicago by the look of it. Sad to say.
That’s it. I’m done. Thanks for reading, the first Blog About Nothing for the year 2017.
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