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The lockout is now creeping up on four weeks, players and owners have yet to hold a substantial meeting and if players haven’t already decided to test their options overseas like Deron Williams several are at least considering it. Rajon Rondo, however, isn’t one of them.
The Celtics’ 25-year-old point guard is waiting to see how things play out in the weeks leading up to the season, he told Yahoo! Sports’s Marc Spears:
Rondo isn’t considering playing overseas now, but his agent, Bill Duffy, said he’ll revisit the option if it becomes clear the NBA season could be lost. Rondo is slated to make $10.4 million next season on a contract that lasts through the 2014-15 season.
Rondo said he has been talking to Pierce, Garnett and Allen regularly, and they are all worried about a potential long lockout.
The age of the returning Celtics also could become an issue. Allen just turned 36, Garnett is 35, and Pierce and Jermaine O’Neal will be 34 and 33, respectively, before next season starts. While health will always be a concern with an older team, a lockout-shortened season could actually benefit Boston. Rondo, 25, isn’t worried.
“They said we were done two years ago,” Rondo said. “We could care less about that. We could care less about people saying we are done.”
Williams is one of Rondo’s biggest rivals at the point guard spot. His decision earlier this month to sign a $5 million contract with a team in Turkey surprised everyone, including the New Jersey Nets, who dealt for him at the trade deadline hoping to make him a cornerstone. High-wattage names like Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard have also been rumored to be in talks with international teams.
The Celtics have lost two players to already to foreign teams. Free agent center Nenad Krstic signed a contract to play in Russia last month and second-round pick E’Twaun Moore inked a deal with a team in Italy.