After the two players got breakfast together early last month, there was speculation that Bryant was trying to lure the point guard to Los Angeles. And while Rondo was instead dealt to Dallas, he is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the season.
"No way," Bryant said, when asked if he's ended his pursuit of Rondo. "I'm not done. I'm not stopping until he signs an extension."
Rondo is averaging 9.3 points, 9.5 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals this season in time split between the Celtics and Mavericks.
Bryant recently said that retiring after this season has crossed his mind, though retirement is an option he currently doubts he will choose. The 36-year-old is signed through the end of the 2015-16 season.
- Molly Geary