Throughout the struggles of the New York Knicks this season, there have been plenty of proposed trade scenarios.
One of those involved Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and despite not having the necessary trade assets to even peak Danny Ainge‘s interest, it looks as if the Knicks are not giving up on the idea of possibly trying to land Rondo.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Knicks management is confident it can attract the stars necessary to pull the team out of its malaise, and its first target will be Rondo.
Windhorst notes that Knicks management hopes Rondo will become discontent with the Celtics and attempt to force them to trade him to New York sometime between now and 2015, when his contract ends. If they come up short on trading for Rondo, the Knicks think they’ll sign him in free agency or land one or two of the following potential 2015 free agents: LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Roy Hibbert, Kevin Love and Tony Parker.
I had reported early this season that the Knicks were targeting Rondo in a trade, making a laughable offer that centered around Iman Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire. I also looked at the fact that Carmelo Anthony was actively recruiting Rondo to New York, already planting the seeds for when his contract would expire after the 2015 season.
The thoughts of adding Rondo in the future are nice, but it doesn’t do anything to fix the current problems.
The Knicks point guards stink and they don’t have the resources to make a deal for Rondo now. With no young talent, no expiring contracts and no picks to deal, a trade for Rondo is next to impossible right now.
Add to that fact that Anthony could leave in free agency himself this summer, and there’s talk that the Knicks may attempt to trade him by the upcoming February 20th deadline if they don’t feel as though they can retain him.
I still don’t believe that will happen as the Anthony’s salary will be very tough to move, but I’m also not sold on the notion that it is a guarantee Melo re-signs.
Without a guarantee from Melo, the Knicks currently don’t have much of a selling point to offer players such as Rondo.
However even if Melo should walk, the only real hope the Knicks have of selling potential free agents is the fact that they may be able to afford two or three big names in 2015, as long as they don’t screw things up, which isn’t a given either.
As for a trade, it’s a nice thought, but a Rondo trade won’t happen at any point this season.
Ainge won’t trade his best player inside the division and even if he would, the Knicks have next to nothing to offer up.
Unfortunately during the holiday season, Santa Claus was unable to give the Knicks the star point guard they wanted.
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