According to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, the Chicago Bulls suspended guard Rajon Rondo for Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The suspension came because of conduct detrimental to the team, and Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical noted that Rondo and a Bulls assistant had a “heated exchange” following Chicago’s blowout loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
Rajon Rondo — suspended for tonight's game — had a "heated exchange" with a Bulls assistant in Mavericks loss, sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) December 5, 2016
Rondo later apologized and took responsibility for the situation, according to Woj.
This is the first season of Rondo’s two-year deal with the Bulls that he signed earlier this summer. Through 19 games, the Bulls sit at 11-8. After his revival with the Sacramento Kings last year, Rondo is clearly struggling.
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He’s averaging just 8.2 points on 39.1 percent shooting, and his 7.2 assists are way down from the league-leading 11.7 he posted last year. He’s also just as woeful defensively.
When Rondo’s on the bench, Chicago’s opponents boast an offensive rating of just 100.4 per 100 possessions, according to Basketball-Reference. When he’s on the court, that number balloons up to 108.4.
In his absence, Jerian Grant and Isaiah Canaan will be occupied minutes at point guard, while Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler help with the playmaking duties.
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