According to The Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes, Rondo said the following when asked after practice on Friday if he intends to test the free-agent market in 2015:
It's kind of like college recruiting. I’m pretty sure a lot more goes into it in the NBA. A lot more money is spent. I’ve heard stories, guys getting called right at midnight. It’s something that I haven’t experienced. I may want to go through it. I haven’t thought about it at all.
The 27-year-old floor general signed a five-year, $55 million contract extension in 2009. The current makeup of this Celtics team, however, is far different than it was five years ago.
Since the 2009-10 season, the Celts have lost Ray Allen (via free agency) and the tandem of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (via trade) among others. Instead of competing for a championship, the 2013-14 Celtics are floundering in the Eastern Conference cellar with a 15-33 record.
"People know that Rondo is a big part of our future and that we're not going to trade him," he said, per another article by Holmes.
Although Rondo is intrigued by the thought of being recruited in free agency, he explained that he isn't thinking that far into his future.
"I haven't thought about it. I've just thought about getting my leg as strong as possible, continue to shake off the rust this year and come back even better next."
From a financial perspective, Rondo would be foolish not to hit free agency.
According to the new CBA, the Celtics would be able to offer the veteran more than any other team. So just because he's thinking about listening to other organizations in free agency, it doesn't mean those opposing squads will have much leverage.