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According to WEEI, Rondo was not seeking anything near the max:

A source close to the situation has told Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com that the Celtics’ offered point guard Rajon Rondo a contract extension worth five years and $45 million, with Rondo’s representatives asking for between $55-60 million over the same number of years.

Our old friend Marc Spears has this tidbit over at Yahoo:

[Rondo’s agent Bill] Duffy, who also counts Steve Nash(notes) among his clients, said he is seeking a contract that would pay Rondo like one of the NBA’s top five point guards.

The Celtics, Duffy said, “feel differently.”

I don’t have time right now to find out where a $9M/year salary would actually rank among the league’s PGs. For comparison’s sake, Andre Miller is making about $7M/year for Portland, Steve Nash is earning somewhere around $12/M per year in Phoenix and Jose Calderon is at over $9M/year for the next four seasons. Mo Williams is at $8.5M/year in Cleveland.

Deron Williams and Chris Paul are earning around the NBA maximum–an escalating deal ending at about $17M/season.

I’m also taking all these reported numbers on the Rondo extension with a huge grain of salt. I mean, less than 12 hours ago, no less a reporter than David Aldridge was reporting Duffy wanted a five-year deal worth about $80M—basically the max. And now we’re seeing these numbers. So be cautious.

So there you go: Rondo’s a restricted free agent after this season. I remain unconcerned.

• And this just in courtesy of the Globe (via CelticsBlog): Wyc Grousbeck is apparently angry at Big Baby and the team is planning to suspend him.

Also, Baby may be out “indefinitely” if his broken hand requires surgery.

I hate LSU. That is all.

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