Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has conceded that he doesn’t expect Rajon Rondo to play for the team again after he was ruled out with a back injury.
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Rondo was ruled out indefinitely with the back issue on Wednesday, but it came just a day after he was benched for the majority of the Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets which left the Mavs with a two-game deficit in their opening round playoff series.
With the team now set for a quick exit from the post-season, speculation continues to suggest that their point guard won’t be sticking around as he will test free agency this summer and likely move on after failing to work it out in Dallas.
While the Mavs were also dealt a blow with the news that Chandler Parsons is done for the season due to a knee injury, Carlisle was seemingly in no mood to talk speculation and conceded that Rondo has probably finished his career in Dallas.
Do you expect Rajon Rondo to ever wear a Mavericks uniform again? "No, I don't," Rick Carlisle said.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 22, 2015
The pair clashed earlier in the season and have seemingly struggled to get on the same page since, and aside from the suggestion, whether true or not, about the 29-year-old’s back injury, it didn’t seem as though he would be playing many more minutes regardless.
It is no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers have been keen on acquiring the former Boston Celtics star, but he opted to join the Mavericks earlier this year as they gave him an immediate chance of winning a championship.
The New York Knicks could rival them for his signature, but it is widely expected that Kobe Bryant and Co will land him this summer as they attempt to rebuild the roster.