Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has insisted that the decision to trade for Rajon Rondo was a risk worth taking but is ready to move on from it.
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The point guard isn’t expected to don the Mavs uniform again this season after he was ruled out indefinitely with a back injury amid speculation that Carlisle has pulled him from the line-up.
The pair have had their issues this season which included a bust up during a game in the regular season, as Rondo essentially hasn’t had the desired effect on the team since his arrival ahead of the trade deadline back in February.
Carlisle doesn’t expect the 29-year-old to play for the franchise again, but he maintains that the decision to trade for him was a worthwhile risk but the organisation will move on without him.
“In the case of anything, there is risk, but there are risks worth taking,” Carlisle said Thursday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.
“That trade was a risk worth taking. We all agreed on that. Now, we’re at a point where, hey, it’s time to move on.”
Dallas currently trail the Houston Rockets by two games in their opening round playoff series, and with Chandler Parsons also out for the rest of the season, it is looking highly unlikely that the team will advance any further this year.
As a result, it is a bitterly disappointing end to a season with so much promise as the Mavs were expected to compete for a championship with a star cast that should have been capable of putting together a strong run.
Nevertheless, Rondo will now likely move on to join the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency this summer, leaving Dallas with a hole to fill for next year.