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No extension for Rondo (UPDATE)

Posted on: October 27, 2009 7:59 am
Edited on: October 27, 2009 7:18 pm
 

CLEVELAND -- It appears that Rajon Rondo will take the floor for the season opener in Cleveland Tuesday night with the knowledge that he won't get the contract extension from the Celtics that he's been seeking.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CBSSports.com that the Celtics and Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, were not able to come to terms on a five-year extension that would've forestalled the point guard's foray into restricted free agency next season.

Technically, the two sides have until Saturday to finalize such an agreement. But they appear to be too far apart to make that a realistic possibility.

"It'll take care of itself," Rondo said Tuesday night before the season opener against Cleveland. "I'm just focused on doing my job (Tuesday night). It's crazy timing, though."

Is this bad for the Celtics? Under normal circumstances, I'd say yes. But an offseason of soul searching is still fresh in Rondo's mind after coach Doc Rivers and team president Danny Ainge directly challenged him to be more of a leader. It's a risk for the Celtics, who could very well face the possibility of another title contender stealing Rondo with an offer sheet next summer. But the Celtics no doubt are emboldened by the difficulty several marquee RFAs had in their attempts to change teams this past summer -- the Knicks' David Lee and Utah's Paul Millsap chief among them -- and believe it's worth the risk. I believe they're right.

Also, don't underestimate the motivation Rondo will feel to perform this season and earn a lucrative offer sheet, which the Celtics almost certainly will match anyway. Few players in the league carry a chip on their shoulders as well as Rondo, who could use this perceived snub to propel him -- and the Celtics -- back to the NBA Finals. 

It's a risk that could very well pay off for both sides.
 

Comments

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2009 8:57 am
 

No extension for Rondo (UPDATE)

But a 3 year, $53 Million extension for KG??

Danny Aigne is an idiot...



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2009 9:43 am
 

No extension for Rondo (UPDATE)

how is he going to demand or expect the max from other teams if he becomes a malcontent and lets it affect his play?  Come on people, think before you type! Tongue out  lol Actually, it's the NBA, he'll get his money regardless...he did nearly average a triple double during the playoffs last year...he can be a major part on another team...When he gets the chance to bolt, he just may do so...after age have caught up with the Big Three, what do the Celtics have to look forward to besides Rajon Rondo??  He's the only young player worth a damn on a very old squad that could struggle to make it through the season healthy....they're still the best now in the East, but they have 2 years tops of that level of play with level age on that team...

And stop referring to 'the people', I said it...you can talk to me, it's okay...



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2009 9:33 pm
 

No extension for Rondo (UPDATE)

It doesn't matter how much cash cuban flashes at him--they can't sign him. Learn the rules of the NBA



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2009 7:36 pm
 

No extension for Rondo (UPDATE)

LiLSpike & CJLang: thank you for bringing some common sense and sanity to this thread.

Regarding the people saying the Celtics should worry about Rondo becoming a malcontent, are you serious?  If Rondo is asking for the max now - and I've heard reports the Celts offered him $50 mil for 5 years, so it wasn'texactly chump change - how is he going to demand or expect the max from other teams if he becomes a malcontent and lets it affect his play?  Come on people, think before you type! Tongue out lol




Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2009 4:22 pm
 

No extension for Rondo

According to several local sources, he was offered an extension at pretty nice money, but he and his agent want max contract.f he signs a an offer sheet from another team, the max is LOWER than the max contract the C's can offer him to keep him. Well then, if he was offered less money then the Maximum possible Offer Sheet, it's also a smart busniness move by him IMO...

Danny Ainge is taking a chance that his starting PG won't become a malcontent because of the way the front office and the coaching staff have handled the situation...KG, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen probably have 2 years at most left in them...that trio is getting old and will not play all 82 games in the regular season...you need Rondo at his best to keep the team together during those stints...

We all saw what Rajon Rondo can do in the playoffs...he's he best all-around player on the Celtics squad this year...



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2009 1:10 pm
 

No extension for Rondo

Danny Aigne is one lucky mofo to have landed Kevin ...this guy has no clue...

He's smart enough to know that Rondo isn't going anywhere.  According to several local sources, he was offered an extension at pretty nice money, but he and his agent want max contract.

If he signs a an offer sheet from another team, the max is LOWER than the max contract the C's can offer him to keep him.  Smart business move IMO.




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2009 1:05 pm
 

No extension for Rondo

There is NO risk.  The Celtics can match whatever he gets offered. 



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2009 1:03 pm
 

No extension for Rondo

Ainge's role was not to be a leader.  And he wasn't looking for maximum salary either.

If Rondo plays a a top level and gets an offer sheet, it will be for the max he can get from another team, which is less than a max offer from the Celtics.  So even if he gets a max offer, it would be less expensive for the Celtics to match than a max offer from them.




Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2009 12:53 pm
 

No extension for Rondo

Agreed..

The Celtics and Rondo both want each other. They want to sign him, and i'm sure he wont want to leave the title contenders. He fits perfectly into that team, and I will guarantee that he will be a Celtics for years to come. The Agent probably wanted some godly amount of money, and the Celtics wanted a low salary. They will come to an average and get him signed in either the next few days, or at the season's end.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2009 11:55 am
 

No extension for Rondo

How do you not re-sign Rondo right now?? Why even take the chance??

What chance?


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