Rajon Rondo’s time with the Dallas Mavericks hasn’t exactly gone smoothly. Rondo hasn’t fit in all that well, and the Mavericks’ offense has been significantly worse than it was at the start of the season, when it was one of the most potent in the NBA.
Rondo also had a run-in with head coach Rick Carlisle, which led to a one-game suspension. The mercurial point guard is headed for free agency in the offseason, and most believe he won’t re-sign with Dallas.
But Rondo told Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears that he hasn’t ruled out a return to the Mavericks:
“People say I’m not trying to be here, but I don’t talk to anybody but the five people that are in my circle,” Rondo said. “I will vent to them about where I want to be. I’m happy. I’m in a great situation. The best thing is the weather. I miss my kids. I miss my family. That’s hard, as well not having them and you come home after playing a bad game. They are always there to cheer you up. That’s been difficult.
“I haven’t had a change of heart about wanting to be here. But I said that in Boston, too, and look what happened.”
Rondo also talked about his relationship with Carlisle, and the point guard said the two men have moved on from the disagreement they had that led to the suspension. Rondo even said he has spent more time talking with Carlisle than any other head coach he has ever had.
Rondo is averaging 9.5 points and 6.1 assists while shooting 41.6 percent overall in Dallas. He actually has shot well from three with the Mavericks, knocking down 39.5 percent of his triples. However, the free throw shooting has been a disaster, as he’s knocking down just 29.6 percent of his free throws in Dallas and 31.7 percent for the year. And he’s only taking 0.9 free throws per game with Dallas.
Even if Rondo is open to staying in Dallas, the Mavericks could have some reservations about wanting to pay him big money for the long term. That could change if things turn around this season, but right now, it doesn’t look like it would be the wisest investment.