NBA Rumors: Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo Exit Best News for Bulls?
The Chicago Bulls can push reboot next season after the failed experiment with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. With the superstar guard expected to opt out of his contract, and the former Celtic being let go, the team will have plenty of money to target superstars.
According to ESPN's Kevin Pelton, the Bulls are saddled with Wade and Rondo's massive contracts, so any news about the two leaving the team would be a blessing in disguise. For instance, the former three-time champion is owed $23.8 million next year, while the ex-Celtic will get $14 million of the two-year $28.1 million contract he signed with the team.
The Bulls will have to waive Rondo next year and stretch what remains of his contract -- and at the same time relinquish the rights to the other free agents -- and it would have saved about $50 million in cap space. That is huge money it can throw around to improve the team.
Rondo is unlikely to stay with the team following his tumultuous stint with the Bulls so far. He openly clashed with Wade and their franchise player, Jimmy Butler. To be fair, it was Wade that started it when he questioned the heart of his teammates.
Then Rondo took to Instagram to post a photo of him with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce during their championship with the Boston Celtics. He blastedo their decision to come out to the media to criticize the team. "Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus," he wrote. "I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad teammate."
My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn't pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn't take days off. My vets didn't care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn't blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn't have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn't change the plan because it didn't work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can't win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don't deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it's the leadership.
Among the biggest names in free agency in the 2017-2018 season are Lebron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant. The Bulls are unlikely to get the services of the three superstars as they are expected to re-sign with their respective teams. However, they could also make a run at Paul George, Paul Millsap, Isaiah Thomas, Brook Lopez and Lou Williams, among others.
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