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Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:55 am
Edited on: November 30, 2011 10:59 am
 
By Matt Moore 

And just like that, another swing in the momentum. As rumors of Rajon Rondo being traded from the Boston Celtics in their pursuit of acquiring Chris Paul hit a fever pitch, ESPN.com is reporting that Paul will not sign a long-term extension with the Celtics, which is supposed to shut off any further discussion of a trade. 

Except that under the terms of the new CBA, this gets a bit more complicated. If Paul were to agree to an extend-and-trade with the Celtics, he would be limited to just a three-year extension, only two after his option year next year. That's a remarkably short contract for a player battling a knee issue looking for the big pay-off contract. If he were to be traded to Boston, he would have to wait six months to sign the full extension, which is only for four years. Conversely, if Paul were to enter free agency, whatever team he was playing for athe end of the season would have his Bird rights and could re-sign him to a five-year contract, the most he can get. Any other team, like, say, the New York Knicks (since their acquisition of him during the season is unlikely), would be able to sign him to a four-year deal. In short. signing an extension now makes zero sense.

But at the same time, we have a precedent set, and that precedent does not bode well for the Celtics. When Carmelo Anthony launched his covert (OK, it was louder than a C-130) plan to get to New York last year, the Nets were interested. And maintained interest. And kept pitching. But early on, reports surfaced that Anthony would not sign an extension with the Nets. They kept trying and trying, but Anthony maintained that the only team he'd sign an extension with was the Knicks. Eventually, that's where he was traded. 

Now we have reports saying Paul wants to go to New York, and the Celtics trying to talk him into coming to Boston, including trying to acquire more assets to help a deal along. And now there's a report early on that Paul won't sign an extension there. Boston is, in no way, New Jersey, but the pattern is still alarmingly similar. Might be time for the Celtics to go back to their usual line of "We love Rondo, we'd never trade him," despite all indications to the contrary.
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Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:45 am
 

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

Tell that to Bill Russell ? Bill Russell was idolized in Boston, are you crazy ? Dang man you think Boston fans WERE RACIST against a player that racked up 11 NBA Championship rings. Yeah right, i know that it is a little messed up. Lets say Russell won only 2 or 3 Championship's, would the fans feel the same, maybe not i will say that but, he did win 11 so Bill Russell is a hero in Boston. You have to know that right. Geezzzz.


      
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Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:17 pm
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Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

As long as they don't live in Southie, they'll never hear a racist slur uttered towards them Boston, i far from what it was 10, 15, 20, 40 years ago. Having lived here for 10 years now, I've seen a subtle change. BUt people I know who have lived there their whole lives, say it's no longer the bad, racist town it once was. Ask KG, he didn't want to come to Boston b/c he thought it was a racist town, and now he loves it.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

So 40 years ago is now a "different time period"? Pretty sure a lot of those people are still alive.
Yes, 40 years ago actually was a "different time period". The 90's as well, were a different time period, not necessarily with radically different values from those we have now but differences that can be seen every day in commerce, culture and what is considered to be socially acceptable. The fact that Civil War veterans survived into the late 1900's did not extend the slave era and the fact that people who experienced the turmoil of the 60's are still alive does not make open and widespread racial discrimination a reality of modern society. A lot of social standards have changed in a relatively short period of time and to return to the actual point, using selective examples of history is a poor and lazy excuse to defame a modern city and population, especially when fuelled by something as trivial as sports.



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

Who really gives a rat's ass about parity?
Its a word thrown around by the POS David Stern before he cashes his $12M annual check.
In reality, everyone just wants their favorite team to WIN!!
Parity? Big Wup!!!



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

The Bottom line is CP3 ain't signing long term with The Rockin Chair Celts!!!
The Knicks are his first choice because he knows the Lake Show ain't committed to Kobe after 2013.
And the Hornets will deal him before the All-Star break!!
The question is - what assets do the Knicks have that the Hornets want?
The Nuggets robbed us blind for Melo!!



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

So 40 years ago is now a "different time period"? Pretty sure a lot of those people are still alive.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

You should tell that to Bill Russell.
Well, I guess we can still consider the entire southeast to midwest regions of America inherently racist as well, since we're labelling entire modern day populations as racist for transgressions that occured during different time periods. You might as well say anyone of German decent is naturally an anti-semite. Racism exists everywhere but to claim a modern city is racist by citing events that happened during the freaking Civil Rights era is either intentionally offensive stupidity or ignorance rooted in sports bias.



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

This rampant racism you speak of, about a place you've likely never visited, hasn't seemed to bother any of the many black athletes who have made thier fortunes here and been idolized for their athletic prowess, regardless of their race.
You should tell that to Bill Russell.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Report: Paul won't sign extension with Celtics

2. Boston's well-known and well-deserved reputation as a racist town.
Other than the Red Sox being the last major league team to employ a player of color because of a racist owner, what examples can you provide to support this? What exactly constitutes a "racist town"? I don't recall seeing any burning crosses on any of my neighbor's lawn's lately. This rampant racism you speak of, about a place you've likely never visited, hasn't seemed to bother any of the many black athletes who have made thier fortunes here and been idolized for their athletic prowess, regardless of their race. That is a completely ignorant, irresponsible statement, AES.


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