Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the SportsHub that he and point guard Rajon Rondo have talked about a contract extension.
“We did talk to Rondo about extending him,” Ainge said Thursday, per ESPNBoston.com. “But that’s all part of the negotiation that will happen again this summer and most likely the summer after.”
Ainge added, “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, as much as it’s just not financially smart for him to accept it right now. We didn’t think he would [sign], but we did try.”
Rondo has appeared in three games this season after a near one-year absence after tearing his ACL. He is averaging five points and four assists.
Next season will be Rondo’s last from his five-year, $55 million extension that he signed in 2009.
“I think that Rondo will demand quite a bit in the open market,” Ainge said. “The competition for Rondo in free agency will be very high.”