Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo has insisted that all is well between him and coach Rick Carlisle and that he is open to staying beyond the summer.
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The pair were involved in an argument during a game last month where Carlisle was visibly upset with Rondo as he called for a timeout, with the 29-year-old retorting with his own outburst.
Rondo was left on the bench for rest of that game and received a suspension, but he has since returned to the team and is ready to prove himself and settle in Dallas.
“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, according to Yahoo Sports.
“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 added that the general feeling and preparation within the team means that he is more than comfortable in his current situation, but that hasn’t prevented speculation linking him with a move to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers were interested in acquiring the former Boston Celtics star ahead of his move to Dallas, and Kobe Bryant has insisted that he isn’t done recruiting him as the franchise will likely make a move again in free agency in the summer.