Rajon Rondo, who was acquired to help the Dallas Mavericks in the postseason, will not receive a playoff share, ESPN.com reported Wednesday. The sides made a mutual decision to part ways.
Rondo is a free agent at the end of the season.
The Mavericks evenly divided $208,940. The players did not vote to exclude Rondo; they were presented a list that did not have Rondo’s name on, to no objections.
The Mavericks acquired Rondo from the Celtics in December, but the guard clashed with coach Rick Carlisle on several occasions. The final straw for the Mavericks seemed to be Rondo’s lethargic performance in a Game 2 loss to the Rockets.
Rondo was assessed two quick fouls, a technical foul, and clashed with Rockets star James Harden early in the second half. Rondo was forced to sit almost 23-plus minutes.
The next day, Carlisle said he didn’t expect Rondo to wear a Mavericks uniform again. Rondo did not play again in the Mavericks’ first-round loss in five games. The team said Rondo had a back injury.