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NBA Rumours 2017

Rumour Mill Twirling to Start of 2017

It didn’t take too long for trade rumours to begin swirling around the league. With the new year coming in only two days ago, some big names are already seeing their names pop up in headlines, be it for good or bad reasons.

Taking a quick look around the association, let’s catch you up to speed on what is really happening in the NBA at this moment.

Rondo on his Way Out? 

Rajon Rondo’s profile continues to drop and if it didn’t already hit rock bottom after his tenure with the Dallas Mavericks, it just may reach an all-time low with the Bulls.

After signing a two-year, fully guaranteed $27-million deal, Rondo has been largely ineffective in his time with the Bulls, only averaging 7.2-points, 6.5-rebounds, and 7.1 assists per contest, shooting under 30% from the field over the past ten games. With his effeciency dropping, Rondo’s attitude has entered the fray as well, forcing Head Coach Fred Hoidberg to bench Chicago’s big free agent acquisition. Rondo has missed the last six quarters of action.

Of course, Rondo has not been taking the demotion lightly, claiming he has spoken to team executive Gar Foreman about a possible trade if he continues to be benched by Hoidberg. Whether the move is imminent or not, it is one to keep an eye on as the Bulls find a way to deal with their disgruntled point guard.

Motiejunas Drama Ends

After lengthy and messy contract disputes with the Houston Rockets, Donatas Motiejunas has finally found a new temporary home with the New Orleans Pelicans on a one-year deal.

The Lithuanian big man will sign for the veteran’s minimum after his four-year, $35-million deal with the Houston Rockets was dissolved after months of negotiations. Motiejunas also met with the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, ultimately picking the Pelicans, a team that desperately needs some more size and floor spacing, both of which Motiejunas will offer.

Atlanta Hawks Tearing it Down?

The Atlanta Hawks may be about to tear everything down as they have reportedly recently began listening to trade offers for their star power forward, Paul Millsap. With the way Al Horford left in the summer as a free agent, there is a general fear around the organization that Millsap will follow suite as he too is entering free agency in the 2017 offseason.

Millsap has already decided to opt out of the last year of his contract that would have paid him $21.5-million during the 2017-18 season in hopes of getting a massive pay raise in the offseason.

The Hawks will also monitor the trade market for Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha in the incoming weeks.

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