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Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo consider overseas options
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On November 20, 2011 @ 11:57 am In General | No Comments
In the past, Paul Pierce  has stated his desire to play in either Italy or Greece after his Celtics  career is finished and before his retirement begins. For better or worse, the NBA lockout might offer that opportunity prematurely.
“I’ve been thinking about it, truthfully,” Pierce said at the Boston Charity Classic on Saturday night, addressing Italy specifically. “I love the game of basketball. It’s a shame I’m sitting at home not playing, so it’s definitely crossed my mind. Maybe I’ll think about it around mid-December. If I can see that there is no future of the league starting this year, then that’s definitely a strong possibility.”
Likewise, Celtics teammate Rajon Rondo  and good friend Kendrick Perkins  have discussed playing abroad as a package deal. Yahoo! Sports first reported  that their representatives have put out feelers to foreign teams.
“You never know,” said Rondo. “I’m still here being a family man and just trying to do the right thing and staying in shape. I probably won’t make that decision until January. Me and Perk have talked about doing package deals, but right now we’re just enjoying our time. For me, it’s a gift and a curse. I’m trying to get as healthy as possible with all my injuries. But I’m ready to play.”
Rondo, who said his injured left elbow felt “good” after the game, has no offers currently on the table. In recent months, with players such as Kobe Bryant , the difference between the money foreign teams can offer and the insurance premiums for a star player has been too minimal to make economic sense. Since both Perkins and Rondo both finished this past NBA season battling serious injuries, they’ll likely face the same issue.
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 Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Kendrick Perkins: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kendrick-perkins.htm
 first reported: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-wojnarowski_nba_lockout_kevin_love_turkey_111811
 Kobe Bryant: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kobe-bryant.htm
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