While there have been trade rumors surrounding Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo for the past few months, it appears as though the team is looking to keep the point guard.
General Manager Danny Ainge admitted to engaging in discussions with Rondo about a contract extension. The 27-year-old makes $12 million this season and $13 million next season – the final year of his contract.
“We did talk to Rondo about extending him,” Ainge said. “But that’s all part of the negotiation that will happen again this summer and most likely the summer after. I don’t know [if he will sign an extension], time will tell.”
Though the two sides were unable to reach an agreement midseason, contract talks will resume this summer and, if needed, the summer after. Ainge, however, did understand Rondo’s choice to not sign an extension.
“In the Collective Bargaining Agreement, there are limits on what can and can’t be done. Really it’s not that Rondo doesn’t want to accept an extension, but it’s just not financially smart for him to accept it right now,” said Ainge. “We didn’t think he would [sign], but we did tried.”
Rondo can opt to sign with the Celtics before he hits free agency in the summer of 2015, or test the market and have multiple options with numerous different teams. Ainge said he believes his All-Star guard will receive “star money.”
In 3 games this season, Rondo is averaging 5 points, 4.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds while playing just over 22 minutes per game. He missed the first 41 contests of the season due to an ACL injury he was recovering from.