The Chicago Bulls are set to enter the offseason with plenty of questions regarding the direction of the franchise centered on the state of the roster wholesale jerseys china.
One of the most crucial decisions that the team faces will be Rajon Rondo‘s future with the Bulls next season. According to Carlos Douglas Jr. of the Chicago Chronicle, the former All-Star guard is on the mend from his wrist and thumb injuries while there is the belief that the organization could bring him back for another campaign.
Chicago will have to make a decision on Rondo before the end of the next month as the remaining $10 million of his $13.4 million salary for next season will kick in after June 30. This means the front office will decide on his fate before the start of the free agency period.
There were already several reports that have indicated the Bulls are leaning toward bringing back Rondo for the final year of his deal. The 31-year-old played exceptionally well down the stretch of the season and into the playoffs.
In fact, Rondo was a major reason for the Bulls garnering a surprising 2-0 series lead against the top-seeded Boston Celtics behind his play on the court averaging 11.5 points, 10.0 assists, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.5 steals in the first two games prior to suffering a broken thumb.
This includes joining Michael Jordan as the only players in team history to record 10 assists and five steals in a playoff game. It could be fairly argued that Chicago could have won their first-round series against Boston sans Rondo’s injury, paving the way to a lengthy playoff run.
With Rondo leaving a strong impression on the front office in the final few weeks of the season, it could lead to him donning a Bulls’ uniform for at least another year.
Rajon Rondo thinks the the first round series between the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics would have ended in a four-game Chicago sweep had he not been sidelined with an injury.
Rondo led the Bulls charge out of the gates to take a 2-0 series lead, however a fractured thumb required him to sit the final four games of the series that resulted in the Celtics taking the series 4-2.
“Honestly, yeah,” Rondo said on “Inside the NBA” via the Chicago Tribune when asked if he thought Chicago would’ve swept the top-seeded Celtics.
Rondo averaged 11.5 points, 10 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in the opening games against the Celtics, bringing new life to the “playoff Rondo” Celtics fans once grew accustomed to during his days in Boston. He said the chemistry of the team, which was one of the biggest question marks for the Bulls all season, was a huge part of why he felt they could’ve swept in round 1.
“It was very frustrating, especially the way we were clicking at the time,” Rondo continued. “We had a good chemistry going and I thought we were some making great adjustments in Games 1 and 2.”
With Rondo out of the lineup and on the bench, backup point guard Isaiah Canaan stepped into a larger role quarterbacking the offense. But the chemistry and momentum in the first two games was never the same after Rondo went down, and ultimately cost them a shot at a first round series upset.