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Rajon Rondo on reason for his benching with Bulls: “I think it’s bulls***"

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CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 02: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Chicago Bulls watches from the bench as the Bulls take on the Charlotte Hornets at the United Center on January 2, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hornets 118-111. The NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Rajon Rondo was back in the rotation for the Bulls Tuesday in Washington, after having spent more than a week glued to the bench following a rough game against the Pacers a couple of weeks back where he was -20 in the first half. With the Bulls offense stumbling, coach Fred Hoiberg decided to take a look at Michael Carter-Williams and other rotations.

Rondo was no fan of the benching. As you might imagine.

Rondo was flat-out awful against the Pacers and deserved to be benched. And him running the offense with the Bulls’ usual starters basically plays their opponents even — you can’t blame Fred Hoiberg for looking for better answers.

What Rondo wants is the ball in his hands a lot and the autonomy to make decisions. Both of those things have been shrinking. More and more the ball has been in Jimmy Butler’s hands — with good reason, he’s their best player — and Hoiberg is calling more plays.

With Dwyane Wade and Butler on the wing, the Bulls need shooting at the point — that’s not Rondo. So this partnership is ultimately doomed. He will get traded eventually (only $3 million of his salary next season is guaranteed, some team will give the Bulls a pick or something useful for the savings). But for now, it will continue in its awkward way.