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Rondo: ‘I’m thankful for what I’m signing for’ 11.02.09 at 2:22 pm ET
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WALTHAM  –  Rajon Rondo acknowledged for the first time following Monday’s practice that he has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Celtics. The deal is worth a reported $55 million.

“I’m thankful for what I’m signing for,” Rondo said.

[To hear Rondo answer questions about his new deal, click here.]

[For audio of Doc Rivers' reaction and what it means to Celtics, click here.]

The deal between Rondo’s agent Bill Duffy and the team has yet to be finalized but Rondo acknowledged it’s a formality.

The team made Rondo available following Monday’s practice as the team will fly to Philadelphia for Tuesday’s game against the 76ers.

“Nothing changes,” Rondo added. “Still have one goal in mind. It’s great to have security but we’re still focused on winning a championship.

“No, it’s not, necessarily, happiness is. I couldn’t deal without my teammates,” Rondo said. “I’ve had great teammates for the past four years. When it’s all said and done, we’re still going to have relationships on the court, regardless of whatever certain guys make. The relationships you build with one another in the NBA, you can’t compare it to money.”

Rondo also added that he’s grateful that his young daughter will be taken care of. Read the rest of this entry »

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Turn up the volume: Rondo speaks out 11.01.09 at 8:54 pm ET
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Everyone wanted to hear from Rajon Rondo before Sunday’s game.

The NBA had extended their deadline to Monday evening for signing players before they can become restricted free agents at the end of the season and Rondo falls into that category.

No deal was announced but Rondo told reporters he’s not worried about the business aspect of his career. Smart move since he was getting ready to face Chris Paul and the Hornets.

Here’s what he had to say before the game.

Rondo said he’s focused on helping the team.

Rondo said he’s not been talking with agent Bill Duffy.

Rondo said he realizes this is a business.

Rondo on facing Chris Paul.

Doc Rivers still considers Rondo an elite point in the NBA.

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Rondo: ‘Unlikely I finish in Boston’ at 6:23 pm ET
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Before Sunday’s game against the Hornets, Rajon Rondo addressed his ongoing contract negotiations. After saying that he wants to stay a Celtic, he told WEEI.com, “Hopefully for my career, but it’s very unlikely because it’s like five guys that’ve played in the NBA for their entire career. Paul [Pierce] is one of them. You’ve got guys like Ray [Allen] and Kevin [Garnett] that are future Hall of Famers that haven’t been on the same team their entire careers.

“It’s unlikely [I finish in Boston] but I want to. ”

To hear Rondo speak to reporters before Sunday’s game, click here.

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Rondo deadline extended to Monday 10.29.09 at 9:23 pm ET
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ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the NBA has extended the deadline to sign players from the 2006 draft class to a contract extension to Monday, meaning the Celtics have until then to re-sign Rajon Rondo. Per Stein, the NBA moved the deadline to be in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.

Thebo Sefolosaha was the fourth player from the class to sign an extension, joining Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Andrea Bargnani. Rondo is by far the best player from that class who hasn’t worked out an extension.

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Ainge: Rondo talks continue 10.27.09 at 7:43 pm ET
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CLEVELAND  –  Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said discussions continue with the agent of point guard Rajon Rondo.

“I won’t talk about that other than to say we’re just having discussions with Rajon and Bill Duffy, his representative and we’ll continue to have discussions with them, probably all the way up until the 31st [of October],” said Ainge, who also denied reports that contract talks had broken off.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m not aware of any discussions ending,” he added.

The Celtics have until Saturday to negotiate a new deal or Rondo becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

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Rondo on contract talks: ‘It’ll take care of itself’ at 6:51 pm ET
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CLEVELAND  –  Rajon Rondo said he is aware of the ongoing effort to get his contract done by the end of the month.

But before the opener in Cleveland, he said his focus is all on basketball.

“The focus is on Cleveland,” Rondo said. “It’ll take care of itself. I just have to worry about doing my job tonight. Crazy timing, that’s all.”

Meanwhile, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is expected to address the Glen Davis story in a meeting with reporters before the game at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Marc Spears Discusses Davis and Rondo on D&H 10/27 at 5:08 pm ET
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Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Marc Spears appeared on the Dale & Holley Show this afternoon to talk about the Celtics season as well as the issues concerning Glen Davis’ injury and Rajon Rondo‘s impending 2010 free agency.

Click here to hear the full audio and read below for highlights.

Do you hear anything on this [Glen Davis injury] story?

Nothing that you guys probably haven’€™t heard already; just that it was over something stupid. And that more details will come today, but that he is going to be out for a long time. Not season ending, but a long time. A long time, are we talking about one month? Two months? Somebody tells me a long time, I’€™m thinking three to four.

Wyc [Grousbeck] has said today that a suspension is very likely. Why would the Celtics suspend him?

Because this is in-season, they’€™re ready to go. They have this to turn down maybe bringing in some other big men or the big fellow they just cut [Mike Sweetney] they probably they could have kept him. I am sure they don’€™t want to cut [Lester] Hudson. This is a non-basketball injury and it’€™s a silly one. So they are going to go down hard on him. I’€™ll tell you what, Big Baby is one of the nicest people you will meet in the world and this is very, very shocking to me. I know at times things could happen that may not be the most mature things in the world as we saw right here. This is a surprise, this really is a surprise. I just say maybe wait until the entire details come out and see what happens why this guy threatened him like this. Hopefully he didn’€™t make any threats to his girlfriend or anything which caused the situation. I am sure there is an interesting story behind it but I heard it was a stupid story. Read the rest of this entry »

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