In a development that hardly could be considered shocking in light of everything that has transpired since his trade to the Dallas Mavericks, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Rajon Rondo might be as good as gone next season.
Wojnarowski, who rightfully observes that the situation in Dallas with Rondo has devolved into a “toxic” environment, writes that given the away his tenure with the Mavericks has played out, Rondo’s expected “free-agent fleeing” to Los Angeles and the Lakers reasonably can be viewed as “inevitable.” He adds that this eventuality becomes a certain one if head coach Rick Carlisle returns for an eighth season as Mavericks head coach.
There doesn’t appear any reason why Carlisle’s ouster would occur, even if the Mavericks are ousted out of the first round by the superior Houston Rockets, which right now appears to be the case. Carlisle also is only a few seasons removed from leading the Mavs to an NBA title, something that should work in his favor, no matter the outcome of this postseason.
The situation in Dallas has deteriorated significantly ever since Rondo arrived on the scene and probably reached the point of no return when the point guard was benched during Tuesday’s 111-99 loss and a two-games-to-none deficit to the Rockets.
Rondo played just a shade under 10 minutes before being exiled to a ride on the pine early on the in third quarter, notching as many personal fouls as points scored, in both cases a disappointing four.
Cryptic comments from Carlisle after Tuesday’s game regarding Rondo was simply a continuation of what he had to say about an on-court run-in with the guard during a game in February, a confrontation that led to a similar benching.