WALTHAM — Rajon Rondo went through the recruiting process once before, prior to entering college. And the Celtics point guard acknowledged Friday he wouldn’t mind going through it again, only this time by testing the NBA free agent waters in 2015.
In response to a recent ESPN.com report indicating Rondo “is looking forward to becoming an unrestricted free agent” in the summer of 2015 when his contract is up, a smiling Rondo said, in part, that “I may want to go through it.”
After practice, Rondo stressed he has made no decisions about his future and is focused only on this season.
But after stating he had no response to the report, Rondo said he finds the possibility of free agency intriguing.
“It’s kind of like college recruiting,” Rondo said. “I’m pretty sure a lot more goes into it in the NBA. A lot more money is spent. I’ve heard stories, guys getting called right at midnight. It’s something that I haven’t experienced. I may want to go through it. I haven’t thought about it at all.”
Rondo’s contract, a five-year extension worth $55 million he signed in the fall of 2009, is up after the 2014-15 season.
But Rondo remained adamant he isn’t thinking that far ahead.
“I haven’t thought about it,” he said. “I’ve just thought about getting my leg as strong as possible, continue to shake off the rust this year, and come back even better next.”
At this point in the season, the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement limits the length and money Rondo could potentially receive on an extension.
Still, the Celtics recently approached Rondo with an extension offer, performing their due diligence, particularly emphazing to their four-time All-Star and captain they view him as a key part of their future.
After June 30 this summer, the Celtics have the option of adding three years onto his current deal while also increasing his salary, a move they’d likely prefer rather than allowing him to test the free agent waters in the summer of 2015, when he’d likely be one of the most coveted players on the market.
Flipping the calendar
January marked the Celtics’ worst month in franchise history, as the team lost 15 of their 17 games, more defeats than they’ve suffered in any calendar month in the team’s 68-year history. The Celtics’ previous high for losses in a calendar month was 14 — they posted a 2-14 record in March 1997 and January 2007.
“As far as the last month goes, it’s in the books, so you move forward and try to get better,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “We have 11 games this month and, starting Sunday, you hope that, as we continue to get healthy, that we can play our best.’’
Rondo was already looking forward to February
“We have an easy month as far as scheduling,” he said. “A lot of winnable games, so I don’t think we could use the excuse of beating ourselves anymore. I think we need to come out and execute and try to get some wins. We’re not too far out of the playoffs. Keep hope alive. “
Faverani, Blue to Maine
The Celtics assigned center Vitor Faverani and guard Vander Blue to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.
Faverani, who has played sparingly of late, was expected to play for the Red Claws Friday against Delaware and potentially Saturday, when they play Erie. He’s expected to rejoin the Celtics Sunday for their game against Orlando, Stevens said.
Blue’s 10-day contract with the Celtics was set to expire at midnight Friday. It remained unclear whether the team would re-sign him to a second 10-day deal. Blue has appeared in three games with the Celtics, playing a total of 15 minutes.
Sunday’s a go
Forward Kris Humphries was given the day off to rest “some nagging little things,” Stevens said, adding Humphries has a knee issue. Stevens said Humphries will play Sunday . . . Gerald Wallace missed practice because of a death in his family. Stevens said Wallace would rejoin the team this weekend and would likely be available against Orlando . . . Starting guard Avery Bradley practiced after a five-game absence because of a sprained right ankle and he said he expects to play Sunday.