Jan 24, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is guarded by Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the fourth quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. The New York Knicks won 89-86. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Carmelo Anthony wanted a Rajon Rondo trade

More often than not superstars around the NBA ultimately call the shots when it comes to adding or subtracting to current rosters.

We saw it again when New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony wanted a second scorer and Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald went out and quickly acquired Andrea Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors.

Jan 24, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at TD Banknorth Garden. The New York Knicks won 89-86. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

But did ‘Melo get his wish?

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Anthony had his sights set on the defending two-time assists leader- Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo.

Berman wrote:

Anthony told friends after the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade to the Nets, he figured the Knicks would make a play for point guard Rajon Rondo. Anthony believes Rondo would be the perfect piece and would be super motivated in New York to attempt to knock off Garnett and Pierce.

Naturally that didn’t happen and likely won’t happen unless the Knicks decide to part with their only realistic trade chip in Iman Shumpert.

With the Celtics in the middle of a rebuilding process, Rondo could be the next player Danny Ainge moves, but it won’t be to the Knicks.

The Knicks are in a mess financially and have already been outbid on minor role players this offseason. In addition, they don’t have the expiring contracts or draft picks the Celtics would be in search for in any potential Rondo deal.

The financial problems the Knicks have likely won’t be fixed for at least two seasons and Rondo will be long gone from Boston by then.

But how will Anthony take that?

There’s a good chance that he gets upset that the Knicks didn’t make the necessary upgrades he asked for. With all of the rumors that Anthony could opt out of his deal following the season, he very well may realize that the Knicks brass don’t make the necessary good moves required to win a championship.

With decades of bad contract after bad contract, what makes anyone (especially Anthony) believe that won’t happen again when the Knicks have money to spend in two years?

The Knicks have no one to blame for the situation they are in except for themselves.

Rondo and any other major upgrades are out of the question and they have likely made their superstar unhappy in the process.

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  • Rob

    With the contracts of their 4 highest paid players coming off the books in two seasons, what makes you think the Knicks will start adding bad contracts and blow the chance of adding a second max stud to play alongside Carmelo when he resigns? And if Boston decides Rondo isn’t part of their rebuilding plan, sending him to the Knicks won’t be an obstacle for them. The only question they have to answer for themselves is if getting Shumpert is worth the price of Rondo. Maybe, maybe not. But considering the contracts of Stoudemire and Bargnani will become expiring contracts one year from now, they certainly can be considered valuable chips for Ainge to play with next season if he’s looking to trade them to other teams for draft picks.

  • dayquan foggie

    rob is right but also both players shumpert and rondo are coming off a bad knee injury who knows if rondo is gonna be the same player and if he does it’s going to take a while… it took shumpert a while to get into the groove but rondo hasn’t even played yet since recovering from his injury.. rondo is a different person he can re injure his knee i rather keep shumpert to be honest… and why are we even comparing these two players anyways? rondo is a point guard shumpert is a shooting guard if you guys was talking about a trade with felton and rondo i would pick felton i would pick good knees over a bad knee anyday

    • http://twitter.com/paydirt101 mike

      you must be mad man! felton over rondo? bad knee and all id take my chances any day of the week with rondo. that like comparing apples to pineapples……….. you must work for knick management….dumb and dumber

      • dayquan foggie

        Rondo is not gonna be the same player anymore he won’t be getting triple doubles like he use to he’s basically gonna be how felton is now so it doesn’t make sense and if rondo does become the same player it still won’t make a difference felton isn’t the problem or shumpert it’s Jr smith he’s to streaky and inconsistent we have to trade j.r. smith for someone better