When the Dallas Mavericks announced that Rajon Rondo was done for the season with a back injury after Game 2 against the Houston Rockets, most people questioned the validity of the injury, for a variety of reasons. And sure enough, it appears the injury was fabricated, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:
The Mavs and Rondo made a mutual decision to part ways the next day, sources told ESPNDallas.com, framing the reasoning as a back injury as a favor to try to help the four-time All-Star point guard save face.
In truth, the Mavericks were simply done with Rondo’s poor play and moodiness. The point guard embarrassed himself in his 10-minute stint in Game 2, and Rick Carlisle’s comment about Rondo never playing in a Mavericks uniform ever again after that game said it all. The two parties were finished with each other, and that was that.
This decision to part ways also came with this caveat:
Mavs opted not to give Rajon Rondo a playoff share, per a source.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 29, 2015
Ouch, although it’s not like he deserved that money.
The Rondo trade couldn’t have gone any worse for Dallas, and now the franchise is picking up the pieces after this debacle and a first-round exit. This will be a big offseason for the Mavericks as they move forward.