Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo said before tonight's game that he is not aware of any progress (or lack thereof) in negotiations for a potential contract extension with the Celtics.
"I'm focused on Chris Paul," said Rondo. "It's not a big deal right now. I'm focused on the season."
In fact, Rondo said he hasn't spoken to his agent, Bill Duffy, in two days.
"It's not the end of the world," he said. "People act like it's the end of the world. It's just one year. If we can't come to an agreement this year hopefully it will be next summer.
"I want to be a Celtic."
Rondo was then asked how confident he was that he would, indeed, remain a Celtic. The deadline for Rondo to come to an agreement on a contract extension with the Celtics is tomorrow. If no agreement can be reached, the Celtics would still have the potential to match any offer to Rondo after the season.
"I don't know," said Rondo. "I don't know. It's a business. I want to be here, but you never know what's going to happen...It's not the end of the world and it's not my last year. It's not like I don't have a team to go to next year."
Rondo said he's talked to several other players who have been through contract negotiations, but he said the only way to know what to do is to experience it for yourself.
On Byron Scott's assessment that Rondo is one of the top five or six point guards in the league, Rondo said, not completely seriously, "Top one. One-ish, 1 1/2ish. 1c....No, I believe I am one of the best at what I do. I work as hard as I can to be the best."