Rondo: 'I'd like to end my career in Boston'

Rondo: 'I'd like to end my career in Boston'
January 24, 2014, 7:30 pm
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BOSTON — Danny Ainge's contract extension offer to Rajon Rondo is a direct indication of the Boston Celtics' intent on keeping the four time All-Star around for a while.

Rondo apparently feels the same way.

"I like to stick to the script," Rondo said prior to Friday night's game against Oklahoma City. "I don't like change much. I wouldn't mind staying here the rest of my career."

According to Rondo, who has played his entire seven-plus seasons as a Celtic, he was offered a contract extension by Boston two or three weeks ago.

Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, revealed the offer earlier this week and added that Rondo would get "star money."

"I'm making star money now, really," said Rondo, the team's second-highest paid player at $11.9 million and is due to make $12.9 million next season. "It's a pretty good living."

But as much as Rondo wants to remain a Celtic and Boston appears to want the same, that doesn't necessarily mean both sides will reach a long-term deal this offseason or in the summer of 2015 when he becomes a free agent.

In 2011, CSNNE.com reported former Celtic Kendrick Perkins rejected the team's offer which turned out to be significantly less than the four-year, $34.8 million extension he signed shortly after being traded to his current team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

There was a report that said the Celtics offered Perkins a four-year deal worth $30 million.

“That wasn’t it," Perkins told CSNNE.com at the time. "They offered me four years, but it was closer to like $22 million. You talking four years, $30 million! Shoot, that’s different. That’s a big difference.”

The extension offer made by the Celtics would have fallen well short of what Rondo could command with an extension this summer, or the potential max or near-max deal he would be in line for as a free agent in the summer of 2015.

 Well aware that the things may not work out the way he or the Celtics intend, Rondo reiterated to the gathered media his desire to remain a member of the Green team for many years to come.

"Things don't always seem to go that way," Rondo said, referring to spending an entire career with one team. "I can see it's a business. I wouldn't mind spending another 10 years (in Boston) if possible."