Rajon Rondo will be a free agent this offseason, but the Dallas Mavericks are confident in their chances of re-signing him.
"My focus has been basketball, basketball, basketball, not necessarily being a free agent," Rondo said. "I mean obviously I think (the Mavericks will) have the upside (in free agency). I wouldn't say it's wide open (in terms of considering other teams), but I wouldn't say it's closed (solely to the Mavericks) either because obviously they are the team that came and got me and from Day One they've been very loyal and very supportive in this transition for me."
Rondo is returning to play the Boston Celtics on Friday.
"It's one of the best, if not the best, franchises in history as far as winning championships in any sport, and probably the best fans in the world, so I had a great time here in Boston," Rondo said. "I'm going to miss it. I think the thing I'll miss probably the most is my teammates, and the fans. I don't think there are any other fans in sports like Celtic fans.
"They've always been fair to me. Even my rookie year, when we were struggling and lost 18 (games) in a row, we still had sold out games and they were very supportive…When I'd walk the streets of Boston, went to restaurants – in other places you might get some negative comments – but I can't remember one time when I got into it with a fan or someone said something crazy to me or someone I was with, so just a lot of love and a lot of respect that this town has had for me and I've tried to show it back."
Rondo felt fortunate to be traded to the Mavericks.
"They could have shipped me anywhere, and I'm very fortunate to go to a team that's ready to compete for a title," Rondo said. "But to play with the talent that I have around me (in Dallas), I think I have a good shot (of succeeding)…It's very motivating. Things worked out for both teams."