Danny Ainge was on Toucher and Rich for his weekly interview this morning, and the subject of Rajon Rondo came up. While the information isn’t ground breaking, it’s the first time Danny Ainge has made these admissions:
“We did talk to Rondo about extending him,” Ainge admitted. “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.”
“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.”
Ainge didn’t want to discuss any of the negotiations, but admitted that Rondo will probably get “star money” and “demand quite a bit on the open market.”
You can’t take anything GM’s say in interviews for granted, but this is yet another clear indication that the Celtics are comfortable not only building with Rondo, but giving him big-time money to stay around.
Nothing here changes what I said yesterday… There is still a season-and-a-half for things to change, and that’s a lot of time. But it’s clear the plan now is to proceed with Rondo and, if needed, adjust from there.