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Your Morning Dump… Where a league executive thinks Rondo gets max dollars

Chuck - Red's Army February 1, 2014 Celtics News 16 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Rajon Rondo’s initial reaction yesterday was to start laughing and say, “Already? That’s crazy what you guys come up with,” when asked about an ESPN report that he will test free agency in the summer of 2015.

But the Celtics point guard, whose market is sure to maximize once he completes his return from ACL surgery, also admitted after practice that the notion of free agency intrigues him. He compared the process to college recruiting, but on a grander scale.

“It is (intriguing),” he said. “I haven’t thought about it. I’ve just thought about getting my leg as strong as possible next summer. It’s kind of like college recruiting, but a lot more money is spent. I’ve heard stories of guys getting calls right at midnight (on July 1 when contracts expire). It’s something I haven’t experienced and may want to go through, but I haven’t thought about it.”

“If Rondo gets back to playing the way he can, then of course he’ll get max dollars,” a league executive said yesterday. “I don’t think Rondo is looking to leave, but how is that team going to be next season? That could be a factor.”

Indeed, if the Celtics land a pair of valuable young players in the draft, the point guard may like how the future looks for this team.

Herald

There are a ton of Celtics fan who don’t think Rajon Rondo is worth a max contract. I hate to tell you this, but you are the minority. It amazes me that the guy is appreciated more globally than right here in Boston. Some people just can’t get past the sub-par long distance shooting and free-throws.

Anyhoo… it’s impossible to predict future roster moves until the lottery and draft are played out.

I’m convinced Rondo gets a max contract offer from the Celtics if they land Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid in the draft. If we are screwed by the draft gods once more, then all bets are off.

Related: CSNNE – Rondo intrigued by FA | Globe – Rondo may want to go thru FA

On Page 2, Avery Bradley will be ready to go on Sunday.

“Right now, I feel like it’s full-range,” Bradley said of the injured ankle. “It could change tomorrow, I just got to take it day-by-day, see how it feels and push it to its limits. Right now it feels good, I just have to continue to get treatment so I’m ready for Sunday.”

Said Celtics coach Brad Stevens: “[Bradley] was good. He was solid. He sat out the last 10 or 15 minutes, but from what I heard, it should be good moving forward.”

ESPN Boston

It will be fun watching Rondo feed Bradley on those backdoor lay-ups.

FWIW:

Related: CSNNE – Bradley’s return provides stability | MassLive: Bradley likely to return

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Hump gets maintenance day  | Yahoo! – Pacers sign Bynum

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  • pierce Hart

    can’t see us getting a top 3 pick. Silver will probably ass like the Lakers in his first year and let them win it and we’ll end up being 4-6, meaning we’ll need to draft one of the 3 PG/SG’s (Smart,Exum,LaVine) available and trade Bradley. it may make us better in a position but it wont solve our needs for a Centre or SF unless you can flip Bradley for some Defensive stud at either position

  • MrCuret

    Rondo is gonna want star money but Im sure he also wants to win, I don’t see him asking for $20 mil, I think he’ll probably ask for something in between $16-18 mil, leaving money for the team to bring some help. That all depends what the team looks like next season of course.

  • vitamin d

    Some people try to force Rondo into a normal current point guard criteria. Yes, he isn’t amazing from the FT line or shooting 3’s, but the dude can do EVERYTHING else.

    He’s great on the fast break, executes plays, incredibly smart, hit the midrange and layups, bullet passing, competitive, tenacious, ACTUALLY SHOWS UP IN THE PLAYOFFS (something many players have trouble doing), and can rebound like a boss.

    Literally, why wouldn’t he earn a max contract?

    • Curt Hays

      Because GMs don’t always fully value the intangibles and the deep stats??

  • Curt Hays

    Rondo may go to Free Agency, but he’s staying with the Celtics. Also, he won’t make the Celtics pay him star money. He will probably ask for only about $12-13M. Think Tony Parker, Timmy, and Ginobli. I’m calling it now.
    Source: Chris Broussard’s multiple sources would never guess this.

    • RedsLoveChild

      $12-13M sounds “doable”…CH is that rare Rondo fan {he`s very rational}.

      Who exactly is this unnamed “league executive”? Hmm…could it possibly be a Celtic-hating rival GM, who would love to see the Celts burn tons of cap space on a good {but very flawed} Rondo?

      Is it possible he would want to drive a wedge between Rondo and the Celts, so RR will feel disrespected when Boston fails to offer a max deal. That might push RR into free agency, where he still won`t get a max!

    • adam

      I understand having millions of dollars is nice. but these guys should be set for life. taking a max deal only hurts the team so you can’t sign anyone else. look at kobe’s deal. yeah he is the highest paid player, but that doesn’t allow the lakers to go out and get anyone, unless they don’t mind spending millions extra because of the cap.

  • Frank Aziza

    People forget that Rondo pretty much carried the celtics in the 2010 and 2012 playoffs. The worst we looked in the playoffs was last year when Rondo was out. Not one person wanted Rondo trades during the 2010-12 playoffs. Short memories for lots of fans.

  • Herman Bubbert

    Wisdom doesn’t require the majority. Anyone who thinks Rondo is worth $20 million a year is nuts.

  • Chulinho

    Anyone else think Humphries should be re-signed?

    • Curt Hays

      YES

      • Chulinho

        I have to admit that I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far this season. I knew he’d be a solid role player. I didn’t know he played with such energy. Of all the lesser players on the team, I think he should stay. He probably has a few good years left. But I won’t be surprised if he gets traded anytime in the near future either.

  • bill_nair

    A max deal for Rondo has him making $20 mill annually the last few seasons. No way in hell is he worth that. If guys like Eric Gordon and josh Smith aren’t getting the max I don’t see Rondo getting it. Danny most likely offers him more than any other team. I think Rondo will sign an extension this offseason. Security and a nice little raise.

  • Jim Eisenman

    His poor shooting and free throwing are not the only problem making him less than a max dollar player. It’s his cheating defense which allows his opponents to kill us because he’s always looking for steals as opposed to guarding his man. He goes to other players to double, unnecessarily, or clogs the passing lane to poach for steals, and, as a result, the man he’s guarding often causes us great pain. The rest of the league thinks he’s worth more than many Celtics fans do for two reasons – 1) we see him every game and they don’t; 2) Many Celtics’ fans are smarter basketball observers than the rest of the people in the league. How many times has Rondo made it to the all-defense teams picked by the rest of the league? They look at his steals stats and never at how many points he gives up to the man he’s supposed to be guarding. You have to use your eyes to understand those shortcomings, not mindless stats. I mean the rest of the league’s fans picked Kobe to start on the West All-Star team THIS SEASON! What does that tell you?

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