|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM|
The good news from Rondo and Danny talking, is the fact that it sounds like Ainge really wants Rondo around. Ainge expressed that Rondo didn't take the offer that was offered, but it also doesn't mean much. It doesn't happen often that players agree so quickly, especially players of Rondo's status. It was okay when he signed on in 2009, he wasn't an All-Star yet. I think the bottome line is that Rondo was probaly more focused with getting back to the game, then talking contracts.
"We did talk to Rondo about extending him," Ainge said Thursday during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the SportsHub. "But that’s all part of the negotiation that will happen again this summer and most likely the summer after."
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."
Pressed on the potential parameters of an extension, Ainge backed off noting as he often has that he preferred not to discuss negotiations through the media and admitting, "I think we've said enough."
But Ainge did note, "I think that Rondo will demand quite a bit in the open market. The competition for Rondo in free agency will be very high."
How about the rules that Danny spoke of?
Veteran extensions are limited to four seasons, including the seasons remaining on the current contract. Even if the extension is signed in late June, the current season counts as one full season toward the total. For example, a contract with two seasons remaining may be extended for up to two additional seasons. However, an extension signed in conjunction with an Extend-and-Trade transaction (see question number 93) is limited to three seasons, including the seasons remaining on the current contract.
The salary in the first year of a veteran extension may be any amount up to 107.5% of the player's previous salary, but no more than the player's maximum salary in that season (i.e., the maximum salary the player can receive if he were to sign a new contract that year as a free agent -- see question numbers 16 and 17).