Celtics Players Make Lockout Plans

It appears as though Rondo and Perk are staying close during the lockout, and may be contemplating playing together overseas:

Kevin Love, Luol Deng could play in Turkey –  Yahoo! Sports

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, close friends, have been discussing the possibility of playing together overseas, and have had representatives inquiring on the possibilities, sources said.

Rondo and Perkins are interested in playing in higher-paying countries, such as Italy, Spain and Russia, sources said. There’s no deal in the works, and it’s unclear if there’s even a team that could financially put together the kind of contracts it would take to lure the players.

Meanwhile, it looks like Paul Pierce is drawing interest in Spain.  From Marca.com (and translated online):

Paul Pierce, NBA Finals MVP of the NBA of 2008 at the Boston Celtics and one of the current stars of the Boston Celtics, is in the orbit of Unicaja Málaga and CAI Zaragoza has advanced Paco García Caridad Radio brand.

'The Truth', which has been one of the main leading to dissolve the Trade Union of players and owners sued for violating the anti monopoly Act, has expressed his desire to play abroad during the lockout to its agents and has become particularly interested in playing at Spain.

So things, Unicaja and CAI Zaragoza have been the first Club to move tab with a view to the possible signing of Paul Pierce, who has a large contract with the Celtics ($ 15.3 million this campaign, 16.8 million follows and 15.3 in 2013-14, according to Hoopshype). The operation, of course, would require high insurance in case of possible damage.

Hat tip, Red's Army

Meanwhile, reports are that the players and owners are exploring "back-channeling" conversations to discuss a possible settlement to the pending litigation / lockout so that games can be played before Christmas (seen by some as the league's drop-dead date for saving a season). 

My recommendation:  don't get your hopes up.  If you want to see Rondo and Pierce play this season, book your European vacation now.

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