“That was a tough situation because we thought it was betrayal,” Pierce said. “That’s why the whole thing evolved like it did with us not talking to him. Ray didn’t really have the best relationship with Rondo anyway. That was nothing. [Rondo], me and Kevin, he didn’t have any talk with us [before his Miami decision]. “I tried to call him and I didn’t get any return calls before he signed with Miami. That was our rival. We were brothers. We came in together. We just wanted a heads-up or a ‘what’s on your mind?’ or something like. Then, all of a sudden, he left. That was the biggest disappointment on my end. Not even getting a callback at that moment.”
April 27, 2017 | 10:39 pm EDT Update
Mark Berman: 2016 2nd-round pick Zhou Qi in Houston from China. Agent Tony Leng:”He comes here to train & we’re looking forward to sign w/ the #Rockets “
Marc Berman: Tony Leng, Zhou Qi’s Chinese agent: “He comes here to train, and obviously we’re looking forward to sign with the Rockets and that’s what he came here for, to be able to play in the NBA and to achieve his childhood dreams, playing in the NBA. Until that contract is signed we cannot say that. He’s just come off a very successful CBA season, got a championship for his club in China. Just wants to get here and train and get better.”
Ballmer, the former Microsoft (MSFT) CEO who purchased the Clippers for an NBA record $2 billion, said his team will likely lose money as it spends on talent to win. But NBA teams will be worth more in the long run, offering a big return on his investment if he ever decides to sell.