Rajon Rondo is 17 games into his tenure with the Bulls, and it seems he’s already found a way to cause some trouble within the organization. The Bulls just announced that Rondo has been suspended for one game for "conduct detrimental to the team." Rondo will be forced to sit out during the Bulls’ game against the Trail Blazers on Monday night.
According to The Vertical reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, Rondo was handed the suspension after getting into a "heated exchange" with a Bulls assistant coach during a game against the Mavericks on Saturday night:
Rondo has played in and started all 17 games for the Bulls so far this season. During that time, he has averaged 8.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.7 rebounds in about 30 minutes of action per game. But Rondo had one of his worst games as a Bull on Saturday night. After recording a triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds on Friday against the Cavaliers, he scored just 2 points, dished out just 2 assists, and grabbed just 2 rebounds during a game against the Mavericks. And he admitted that he needed to play better after the Bulls' 107-82 loss.
"I don’t think I was aggressive enough offensively," he said. "I’m a pass-first point guard. But I need to get us in the flow and the rhythm of our offense. I have to do a better job of getting into the paint and making better decisions with the ball."
At the time, it didn’t sound like there was any discord between Rondo and the Bulls, but that obviously changed.