Rajon Rondo and the Dallas Mavericks’ season came to an end on Wednesday night after the Rockets easily won another game to close out the series 3-1. It is no surprise that Rondo’s presence in the playoffs was a bit of a joke and he will not be coming back next season.
Perhaps he just didn’t fit in with how the Mavericks play or maybe there is more to it, but he had several disagreements with coach Rick Carlisle, and needless to say, fans will probably be glad to see Rondo leave the team.
Rondo was once called the greatest point guard in the NBA and had some great seasons with the Boston Celtics along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, but he doesn’t seem to be the same player that he was back then.
OFFICIAL: Rajon Rondo is no longer a Maverick
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Rajon Rondo only played a portion of 2 games in the series against the Rockets and it seemed that the Mavericks were so frustrated with him that they even made up an injury in order to justify sending him to the bench, assuring that he would not play for the team anymore.
He was traded from the Celtics midway through the season and while it seemed like a good idea at the time for Dallas, things did not pan out how they had planned. In addition to his mutual parting with the team, it was also announced that the players voted to not even give him his share of the playoff money.
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For the playoffs, participating players receive shares of the revenue created by the league, with varying dollar figures for each round. However, for some reason, receiving the share is up to a team vote, and his teammates did not feel that he deserved a cut.
Rajon Rondo and the Dallas Mavericks are both done for the season and the future of both is uncertain. It came down to choosing between Rick Carlisle and Rondo, and at that point, the Mavericks knew what they had to do.
Kobe Bryant recruiting Rajon Rondo to the Lakers pic.twitter.com/aMvFifwnCb
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