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Rajon Rondo on future with Bulls: ‘I like where I’m at’

Rajon Rondo’s future with the Chicago Bulls appeared tenuous at best earlier this season. But now the Bulls guard claims he hopes to remain in Chicago, saying, “I like where I’m at.”

The eighth-seeded Bulls, coming off Sunday’s 106-102 victory over No. 1 seed Boston Celtics, are preparing for Tuesday’s Game 2 tilt at TD Garden. Rondo has now expressed hope he’ll remain with the Bulls organization next season.

“I like where I’m at. I think we have a really good team,” Rondo said, via the Chicago Tribune. “We made a big trade halfway through the season. All the things this year with 45 different lineups, we still made it to the playoffs. Right now, just try to stay consistent as possible and develop some chemistry.

“This team was put together in a couple months with I think 10 new guys. It’s hard to gel that quickly, especially if guys don’t have the right mindset. At the same time, I think organizations have to give guys a little bit of time to grow and learn each other. Everyone is not going to be San Antonio. Always keep your guys together as long as possible so they can develop chemistry and make deep runs in the playoffs and go through things together and grow. If that’s the case here, that’d be great. If not, it’s up to those guys.”

To say the Bulls this season encountered strife, drama and turmoil would be an understatement. Simply making the playoffs with that mind is a remarkable achievement.

Much of the controversy this season involved Rondo in one way or another. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg’s decision to condemn Rondo to a series of DNP-CDs — even on his own bobblehead night — certainly didn’t help matters. The same can be said regarding Rondo’s purported beef with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade.

That aside, here the Bulls are in the postseason, staked to a 1-0 series lead. It’s often said winning cures all. Perhaps that’s behind Rondo’s new outlook on his future with the Bulls.

The Bulls have until June 30 to decide whether or not to pick up Rondo’s option.