Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge recently revealed that he offered star point guard Rajon Rondo a contract extension that would pay him "star money," and it appears as though Rondo is willing to take things a step further.
According to the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, Rondo told reporters prior to Friday night's showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder that he wouldn't mind staying in Boston for another decade:
However, according to Ainge via ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg, an extension doesn't appear to be imminent due to the structure of the league's collective bargaining agreement:
Later 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."
As Ainge alluded to, Rondo doesn't need to be in a rush to sign an extension. The four-time All-Star is under contract through the 2014-15 season and is slated to make $13 million in the final year of the five-year, $55 million extension he signed in November 2009, so both sides can afford to negotiate at a leisurely pace.
Considering how Rondo has stepped into his new role as the face of the franchise and has willingly embraced the team's primary leadership position, a new deal would appear to be a no-brainer for both sides.
And not only that, but Rondo's firmly established as the game's premier passer and is one of the few elite point guards whom a team can feel comfortable building around.
Soon to be 28 years old, Rondo already ranks No. 6 all time in Celtics franchise history with 3,956 assists, behind only Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Larry Bird, Paul Pierce and Bill Russell. In fact, Rondo only trails Russell and Pierce by 144 and 349 dimes, respectively, according to Basketball Reference.
In addition, Rondo ranks third among franchise leaders in steals, behind only Pierce and Bird.
With mutual interest between Rondo and the Celtics front office abounding, it seems like only a matter of time before the floor general inks a deal that will have him lacing up his kicks on the parquet well into his 30s.