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Citing multiple league sources, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports has reported that the Celtics and point guard Rajon Rondo have agreed to a multi-year contract extension. Sources said that the deal is for five years and at least $55 million.
Rondo’s agent called Danny Ainge on Sunday to inform him the team’s original offer of five years and $45 million was not enough and Rondo was willing to play out his contract, which would leave him a restricted free agent in the off-season.
“As much as we were willing to wait his contract out, the Celtics stepped up to the plate to meet the original request,” Duffy said by phone. “This is a really fair contract. We wanted him to be paid like one of the top five point guards around. It also allows the Celtics to maintain continuity to continue to be one of the best teams at this time.”
Rondo joins fellow 2006 draft picks LaMarcus Aldrige (5 years, $65 million) and Brandon Roy (5 years, $80 million) of the Blazers to sign extensions of their rookie contracts.
Despite off-season questions about Rondo’s maturity and possible trades, Rondo’s agent insists the relationship between the player and the team couldn’t be stronger.
“The relationship between Rajon and the Celtics is on the highest level on and off the court,” Duffy said. “It’s a strong bond right now. Any concerns they had relative to this approach are no longer.”