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REPORT: Rajon Rondo ‘Extremely Unlikely’ To Re-Sign With Mavs

Following a shouting match with head coach Rick Carlisle, Mavs point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended one game. Carlisle and Rondo are reportedly at odds that extend beyond that heated exchange from Tuesday night. Now there is news coming out that both sides (Mavs and Rondo) are not interested in extending their relationship past this season.

According to ESPN, Rondo is extremely unlikely to re-sign with the Mavericks this offseason.

The one sure thing: The passive-aggressive dynamic is done. All the cards are on the table after an expletive-laced shouting match for the basketball world to see and another behind closed doors that sources say was even more explosive.
Rondo, a nine-year veteran with one of the highest basketball IQs in the league, believes that’s a big part of his job as a point guard. Carlisle, one of the NBA’s best offensive minds, doesn’t want to hand the keys of his sports car over to a guy he just met.

It’s similar to the friction between Carlisle and future Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd during their first season together, except they never had “SportsCenter”-leading shouting matches. Carlisle ceded control to Kidd in midseason, and that duo played prominent roles in the Mavs’ title run a few years later.

Could history repeat itself? Don’t hold your breath. The reality is Rondo’s run with the Mavs is extremely unlikely to extend past this season.

The question is whether Carlisle and Rondo can find the common ground necessary to work together the rest of the season and provide the Mavs any hope of making a playoff run.

This is good news for Kobe Bryant, who is actively recruiting Rondo to the Lakers.

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