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Celtics and Rajon Rondo Won’t Agree On Extension

Update: ESPN reports that talks between the Boston Celtics and Rajon Rondo are not dead like previously reported. Bill Duffy and Danny Ainge met in Cleveland last night after the Celtics offered Rondo a counterproposal to their original 5 year $45 million deal. Terms of the Celtics’ offer have not been disclosed though it appears to be enough to reopen negotiations

Multiple sources report that Rajon Rondo will not sign a extension with the Boston Celtics by the October 31st NBA deadline to extend players. The two sides met over the weekend to discuss a new contract for the 23 year old point guard, but the fiscal concerns of both sides hindered the possibility of agreeing on a deal.

If the deadline passes and the two sides can’t agree on a deal, Rondo will join teammate Ray Allen along with superstars LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade in the free agent market of 2010. What separates Rondo from the aforementioned players is that the Celtics’ guard will be a restricted free agent. The Celtics will be able to match any offer Rondo may receive on the open market.

Rondo’s agent, Bill Duffy, believes that Rondo should be paid enough to make him one of the top 5 highest paid point guards in the NBA. WEEI reported that the Celtics offered Rondo a five year extention at $45 million.  Duffy and his client are believed to be seeking a deal in the five year $60 million range.

The deal Duffy is seeking would potentially give Rondo a more than $9 million pay raise. Rondo is currently making $2.3 million in the last year of his rookie deal.

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2 comments for “Celtics and Rajon Rondo Won’t Agree On Extension”

  1. Celtics and Rajon Rondo Won’t Agree On Extension: Multiple sources report that Rajon Rondo will not sign a exte..

    Posted by Sports of Boston | October 27, 2009, 6:13 pm
  2. You know, it’s getting harder and harder to be a sports fan. The insane amount of money going around in every major sport is simply nauseating. The sheer greed, the overwhelming non concern about any semblance of loyalty – it’s really getting to be a bit too much.

    The Celts offer a kid $9 million dollars a year with a 5 year contract – and he’s insulted by the offer! What planet are we on? How can this amount of money be sneered at, and how can we even comprehend the level of self importance that someone must feel to say “No, $9 million a year just isn’t enough for my ego to accept?”

    With all the “downsized” victims of our current economic situation losing houses and being economically destroyed every day, with thousands of Americans going hungry and/or sleeping in the street or a flop house, how in the world can anyone look at himself in the mirror and say, “Nah, I need at least $12 million a year to be happy. $9 million just won’t hack it”.

    I can’t wait to see the next NBA commercial about how the NBA players care so much about our downtrodden.

    I’ve got to stop now before I throw up.

    Posted by Ken | October 27, 2009, 7:36 pm

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