WEEI’s Ben Rohrbach has transcribed a rumor that Cedric Maxwell revealed on Yahoo Sports Radio:
“I think it basically gives you an indicator of what the Celtics want to do,”Maxwell told Yahoo Sports Radio. “Rumor has it that Rondo has asked for a $100 million extension. You’ve got Smart, the young kid, and you’ve got Young, the other kid from Kentucky — both guards. And in the NBA system right now, the way they’re being paid, you would pay both those guys probably about $4 million for one year instead of the $100 million right now that Rondo wanted to ask for.
“So, if you’re Rondo, you might want to start calling that moving company and say, ‘Eh, come get my stuff. I don’t think I’m going to be here too long.’”
As Ben writes, Rajon is not eligible for the 5 year, $104 million contract until summer 2015. If he plays out his current contract in Boston, teams around the league will only be able to offer a max of 4 years, $85 million. If Rajon is traded, his new team retains the right to offer him the most money.
I wouldn’t give Rondo a 5 year, $100 million contract. I put his annual worth at $15 – $17 million.
(Props to Ben for first reporting this and answering my questions on Twitter)