According to a report by Joe Crowley of The Chicago-Sun Times, Rondo’s comments were the straw that broke the camel’s back — saying the front office was so angered by his comments that they seriously debated the idea of removing Rondo from the team and buying out the remainder of his contract.
Rondo’s track record with coaches and in different locker rooms has made his time in Chicago go from bad to worse ever since signing a partially-guaranteed $28 million deal this past offseason with the Bulls.
Aside from poor performance throughout the season, he was suspended one game for getting into an incident with assistant coach Jim Boylen back in December after a loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
If the Bulls were to cut him altogether, they’d have to eat his $14 million salary remaining from this season, plus an additional $3 million from next year’s cap number.
Regardless of whether he is part of the team or not, Wade and Butler’s comments did nothing for team unity, as many believe the Chicago locker room is just a bunch of individuals looking for their next opportunity elsewhere while fighting for playing time under a Fred Hoiberg regime that has upset just about every player on the team with constant lineup changes and indecisions.
As much as fans would like to point fingers at a particular culprit, the Bulls are a team with no identity, no clear leadership on the court or on the sidelines — making it only a matter of time until a ticking time bomb is set to detonate, affecting all involved in the process.