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Celtics, Rondo agree to extension (UPDATE)

Posted on: November 2, 2009 10:12 am
Edited on: November 2, 2009 1:49 pm
The Celtics' $55 million game of poker with Rajon Rondo is over. After two weeks of posturing, the two sides have agreed to a five-year extension that will keep the point guard from becoming a restricted free agent next summer, a person familiar with the situation told on Monday.

The $55 million extension came hours before a midnight Tuesday deadline for 2006 draft picks to sign extensions with their current teams. The lone high-profile holdout is Rudy Gay, whose representatives have continued to work with GM Chris Wallace on getting a deal done.

UPDATE: Only a week ago, it seemed that Celtics president Danny Ainge and Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, were too far apart to get a deal in place before the league-imposed deadline. As a matter of procedure, the Oct. 31 deadline was extended through Monday, the next official business day.

Ainge and Duffy met at halftime of the Celtics' opener at Cleveland on Oct. 27, and things seemed bleak. Ainge told Duffy he was interested in completing a deal, but wanted Duffy to move off his desire for a contract averaging north of $10 million annually.

"And I said, 'Danny, I don’t know if we’re gonna move,'" Duffy said in a telephone interview Monday. "'I respect where you're coming from. If you have any other thoughts or ideas, I'm open to it.'" You have to give him credit. He stuck with it."

Still, no substantive talks took place until Sunday, when Duffy called Ainge to let him know Rondo was prepared to play out the scenario and hit the restricted market next July. According to Duffy, Ainge told him he'd ask owner Wyc Grousbeck to sign off on the five-year, $55 million deal, which was being finalized Monday afternoon. 

Rondo, who will turn 24 in February, has the Celtics off to a 4-0 start marked by the return of Kevin Garnett from knee surgery and the addition of free agent Rasheed Wallace. But for all the firepower presented by Wallace and the Big Three, Rondo makes the Celtics go. But some issues had to be resolved first. Ainge and coach Doc Rivers had publicly and privately challenged Rondo to become more of a leader during the offseason. The remarks prompted widespread speculation that Rondo would be traded rather than given an extension offer.

Before the Celtics' season opener in Cleveland last week, Rondo admitted that the extension deadline was "crazy timing," but vowed to push the distraction out of his mind as the Celtics opened their pursuit of an 18th NBA championship. "It'll take care of itself," Rondo said. "I've just got to worry about doing my job."

UPDATE: Duffy said it would've been human nature for Rondo to let the contract situation affect his play.

"As much as a player would say that it’s not an issue, he’s a human being, so it’d have to be in the back of his mind," Duffy said. "But that being said, more than most athletes I've worked with, I don’t think it would’ve affected him much at all because he’s so focused and so competitive. I think he would've used it as a motivator as opposed to feeling insecure about his future."

With Ray Allen becoming an unrestricted free agent after the season and Paul Pierce possessing a player option, the Rondo signing removes some of the uncertainty about how the Celtics will move forward after they finish chasing their second title in three years. Garnett and Wallace are both signed for two more seasons after this one.

And after the upheaval surrounding Rondo this past summer, the extension is all the proof you need that the Celtics have decided that Rondo has grown up enough to lead them into the post-Big Three era. Whether Rondo, who plays best with a grudge, will continue that trend with his future decided is an open question. When he's playing with abandon and chippiness -- as he did Sunday night in a 97-87 victory over the Hornets -- Rondo is at his best. When his hopes of getting an extension withered about a week ago, I thought there was the potential for that to be positive for both sides. Rondo would play with even more nastiness, and that would only benefit the Celtics, who have a veteran team that needs to win another title before the window of opportunity closes.

My answer seemed to come from Rondo's contentious battle with New Orleans counterpart Chris Paul on Sunday night. After Duffy and Ainge agreed in principle before the game, Rondo went into full agitator mode against Paul. Both players got technicals after a tussle under the basket, and they exchanged words and had to be separated after the final buzzer. Paul won the battle of the box score with 22 points, eight assists, and two steals. Rondo had six points, 10 assists, and three steals -- but his team won the game.

That pretty much defines Rondo, one of the rising point guards in the NBA. It defines his team, too. No organization has won more championships than the Celtics, who know a winner when they see one.


Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 3:01 pm

Celtics, Rondo agree to extension (UPDATE)

Good deal for the Celtics and Rondo, this is a win win situation that will pay off for many years.  Rondo was a star coming out of Kentucky where he had an outstanding Coach by the name of Tubby Smith.  His leadership skills on the court will improve every year until he is seasoned. Smart move Celtics...

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:56 am
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Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2009 9:04 pm

Celtics, Rondo agree to extension (UPDATE)

Great deal. Rondo is really the future for this team after the next 2-3 years when the big three are too old to keep pace with the rest of the league. He has improved each year since he became starter and hopefully that trend continues for awhile. Maybe he can work on his shot a little!

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2009 5:40 pm

Celtics, Rondo agree to extension (UPDATE)

oops iverson is in memphis now, oh well ray ray will probablly end up in LA anyway.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2009 12:59 pm

Celtics, Rondo agree to extension (UPDATE)

No offense but if your question actually made sense I would answer it. But anyway, Rondo will be a top tier PG soon, I do think he is slightly below that still, but not very far behind. He is a commodity you dont find everyday. This deal is a no brianer all around. If you were trying to be sarcastic, you need some serious work

Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2009 2:05 am

Celtics, Rondo agree to extension (UPDATE)

In response to favre4mvp20 - Eddie House is one dimensional and would not be a satisfactory replacement for Ray Allen.  House plays his roll well, instant offense, but has only been effective one game so far this year, and that was a blow out.

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2009 10:59 pm

Celtics, Rondo agree to extension (UPDATE)

I an not a fan of the Celtics But why did they do this anyway did they want there team to be better to beat other Basketball team whats the deal with this can anyone tell me ?

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2009 10:48 pm

Ray Allen Could Be Heading Back to Milwaukee!

With 2 ringss of course, but I don't think the celtics need him as bad as some other teams. I think Eddie House will fill his role just fine and teams should be lining up to pay for his services. He deserves the spot light, Pierce is money from 15 ft but is still a ball hog, and with that line-up they should be running plays like the harlem globetrotters not one on one isolation. What Team will Ray go into the Hall of Fame with? and one teamI bet it won't be is  George"harry and the hendersons"  Carl and his Nuggets. Too bad cause Mellow Allen and Allen would make a pretty sweet combo and sounds cool too. For those of you that don't rember Carl in Milwaukee picking on his star player but where hasn't he done that. Milwaukee has fell off the map since he left It probablly has little to do with the hole George "the Cancer" Carl dug for them but more from overpaying Michael "the Black hole"Redd. There's only one free agent Milwaukee could use more and that's to have a King to go with their Prince. But like Ray Ray and Brett Favre, Prince will Be going to a contender, not a wishful pretender. But the King will make what ever team he goes to an instant contender.

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2009 7:47 pm

Celtics, Rondo agree to extension (UPDATE)

Allen had Bird Rights. They can offer him as much as they want, up to the max.

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2009 6:08 pm

Celtics, Rondo agree to extension (UPDATE)

Hmm I think if you want a guy to get injured you hate him beyond sports

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