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Rajon Rondo still in limbo after meeting with Bulls front office

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A meeting between recently-demoted point guard Rajon Rondo and Chicago Bulls executives Gar Forman and John Paxson didn’t give the former starter any clarity about his current situation.

Rondo, who was benched since the second half of a Dec. 30 loss to the Indiana Pacers, spoke for the first time since the meeting prior to Wednesday’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“It went okay. It really wasn’t a clear-cut message (from Forman and Paxson),” Rondo told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “We’ll talk again.”

The mercurial guard was asked if he would consider coming off the bench.

“We’ll see,” he said. “I just want to work on my game and continue to get better.”

Rondo has picked up two straight DNPs after signing a two-year, $27-million deal with Chicago last summer.

The 6-foot-1 guard is shooting career-lows in field goal and free-throw percentage, while putting up some of the lowest scoring and assist numbers of his career. Rondo said head coach Fred Hoiberg lamented that he appears to be slower.

Teammate Dwyane Wade said that Rondo’s benching issue hasn’t been a distraction in the locker room.

“You don’t expect him to be jolly,” Wade said, according to the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson. “He’s not playing the game he loves. But when it comes to his teammates, he’s been great.”

Wade turned down any potential interference with the front office’s job on his behalf.

“Don’t put me into none of that. No upstairs, no downstairs decisions by Dwyane Wade,” he said. “When it comes to decisions that have to be made on players and stuff like that, I don’t get paid to do that.”

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