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And then there was one Alpha: Bulls waive veteran point guard Rajon Rondo

And then there was one Alpha: Bulls waive veteran point guard Rajon Rondo

And then there was one Alpha.

As expected, the Bulls officially announced the release of veteran point guard Rajon Rondo on Friday afternoon.

The Bulls held a team option that would have paid Rondo $13.4 million next season, but the Bulls elected to waive Rondo which will cost the team $3 million.

Rondo, 30, appeared in 69 games with the Bulls last season and averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds.

Rondo helped the Bulls to two wins over the No. 1 seeded Boston Celtics in the playoffs by averaging 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.0 assists. However, Rondo suffered a broken thumb in practice and missed the rest of the series, with the Celtics winning four consecutive games.

The Bulls also announced that they waived guard Isaiah Canaan.

The 26-year-old Canaan averaged 4.6 points in 39 games with the Bulls last season.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Fred Hoiberg the coach of the future?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Fred Hoiberg the coach of the future?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly) and Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) join Kap on the panel.  The Bears coordinators meet the media.  So how much will a new coaching staff improve the team?

Fred Hoiberg has the young Bulls playing hard.  So is he the coach of the future?

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11 Bulls - including Cameron Payne - received a player vote to start in the All-Star Game

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11 Bulls - including Cameron Payne - received a player vote to start in the All-Star Game

Maybe the rest of the NBA has really taken notice of the Bulls' recent play. After all, they're 13-8 since a putrid 3-20 start and are within shouting distance (if you yell really loudly) of the No. 8 spot in the East.

So maybe that's why 11 different Bulls - including the infamous Cameron Payne - received at least one vote to start in the NBA All-Star Game in February. That, or the players could not care less about the voting process and made a mockery of it for a second straight year.

This could become a get-off-my-lawn story, and we could go on for hours about why the NBA should really reconsider giving players 25 percent of the vote on starters. Then again, as a whole they seemed to get it right in the East, with Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan in the backcourt, and LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid in the frontcourt. 

But instead of complaining, let's just get to the hilarious results and show you how the Bulls fared in both the player and fan voting (no Bulls received any media votes, because they shouldn't have).

Fun fact: The Bulls combined received 170,669 fan votes. That's about 5,000 less than Rockets center Clint Capela received. Their 31 combined player votes were two more than Carmelo Anthony received, so yeah.