Mavs Carlisle: No Future In Dallas For Rondo

DALLAS - In the most matter-of-fact tone possible given the emotions of the Mavericks moment, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on Wednesday answered a question about whether he thinks Rajon Rondo will ever be back in a Mavs uniform. "No, I don't," Carlisle said, flatly and frankly.

The Dallas Mavericks are announcing that Rajon Rondo is dealing with a back injury, a claim so wobbly that coach Rick Carlisle even addressed the skepticism he knew was coming.

"I understand the announcement ... is going to have different interpretations," he said in a hurriedly-called meeting with the press, well-aware of Rondo's tumultuous time in Dallas since the December trade from Boston. "I am giving you our interpretation and this is fact."

Rondo quite obviously checked out mentally from Tuesday's Game 2 loss at Houston, a defeat that puts Dallas down 0–2 in the series. He is a free-agent-to-be, which also muddies his motivation here.

But the Mavs' feelings on the player that was to be a foundation of the franchise's cap-and-roster future? "No, I don't,'' Carlisle said when asked whether he envisions Rondo in a Dallas uniform ever again.

More clear but no less troubling is the news on Chandler Parsons, who is also shutting it down for the season as he faces knee surgery.


"Any time surgery enters the equation, it's not a good thing," Carlisle said. "He's extremely disappointed."

Dallas does expect to get back Devin Harris (toe) from injury for Friday's Game 3 at the AAC.

"We're moving forward and we've got a series to win," Carlisle said. We've got to win Game 3 with the guys that we have available."

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