DALLAS – During their exit interview with the media Wednesday, the Dallas Mavericks players made all of the politically correct comments when asked about wayward point guard Rajon Rondo.
But when it came time for the 14 players to vote on whether or not to give Rondo a share of the pool of money they earned for qualifying for the playoffs, the Mavs players voted not to give him a share, according to multiple sources.
For participating in the first round of the playoffs, the Mavs earned a total of $208,940. Shared equally among the other 14 players, that’s an estimated $14,924 per player.
The Mavs acquired Rondo on Dec. 18 in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics. But friction seemed to follow him when he and coach Rick Carlisle exchanged heated cursed words during a Feb. 24 home game against Toronto, and another heated exchange in the locker room following that game.
Then, one day after Rondo’s less than enthusiastic performance in Game 2 of the Mavs’ first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, the Mavs had seen enough of the nine-year veteran and finally cut ties with Rondo. Well, Carlisle said Rondo had a bad back and would no longer wear a Mavs uniform.
But the Mavs never released any information involving the results and whether or not an MRI was conducted on Rondo’s back.
Following that clumsy divorce between the Mavs and Rondo, the rest of the players were left to battle the Rockets, who went on to win this best-of-seven series 4-1.
Not voting a player a playoff share is not new territory for the Mavs. Back in 2012, the players on that Mavs’ squad voted not to give forward Lamar Odom a playoff share after he was waived on Apr. 8, 2012.
Odom’s end came when he and owner Mark Cuban were involved in a heated exchange in the locker room during an Apr. 7, 2012 game in Memphis. The Mavs played the final nine games of the regular season and their four postseason games without Odom, and were subsequently swept by Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs.
Rondo averaged 8.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game this season for the Mavs. Dallas was only 26-22 in the combined regular season and playoff games Rondo played in as that trade was an obvious chemistry mismatch.