NBA Trade Rumors: Why the Knicks should trade Tyson Chandler for Rajon Rondo

Imagine if there ever was a good trade, a trade that could help two teams, improve the Eastern Conference and be loved by the NBA as well.

That trade would center around Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo for New York Knicks’ center Tyson Chandler.

Jan 16, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) wants a foul called against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats New York 117- 89. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

According to the New York Daily News, GM’s throughout the NBA, think Boston will trade Rondo by the trade deadline. Rondo will not be happy surrounded by rookies with a rookie coach Brad Stevens, so look for Boston to try to move him.  NY Daily news thought Boston may move him to the West, with Phoenix and Houston seen as two potential destinations.

New York would be a better destination.

Steve Mills, get on the phone, make your mark, and make a deal that New York will love. One that Boston fans will also embrace.

Let’s face the facts, Rondo probably isn’t going to accept a role in a rebuilding situation. He plays better when surrounded by stars. He made Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett better players. Now he can help Carmelo Anthony and Anthony will get the player he has lobbied for.

So it makes sense for Danny Ainge to move him. Ainge has been interested in Houston’s Omar Asik, why not Tyson Chandler?

Imagine the rivalry now, the intensity of the games between these two great cities.

Rondo has one more season to go on his contract, at $13 million, which works for an exit strategy for the 2015 Knicks if they so desire. Rondo is still viewed by most NBA executives as a top-five point guard. He returned to action on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers and now needs to show he’s fully recovered from his torn ACL surgery.

Now some believe he is difficult to coach and Stevens will not be able to control him. Yes, he had some infamous run-ins with Doc Rivers and Ray Allen when the Celtics were winning the Eastern Conference title twice in a three-year span, but that happens with superstars.

Mike Woodson is a players’ coach. He needs someone to take over where Jason Kidd left off. He will make Woodson a better coach and they collectively are a good pair. Where Rivers was a fiery coach, Woodson father figure style will blend better with Rondo.

Rondo will energize the Garden, he will pass, score, penetrate and provide Anthony with the running mate he so desires. Rondo will make Iman Shumpert better, he will make J.R. Smith accountable.  He will be the leader in the backcourt the Knicks desperately need.

For Stevens and Ainge, you have a mature gamer in Chandler, a defensive presence, a player to build a team around. To date, Ainge has hoarded draft picks, but rookies alone do not win championships.

Chandler gives Boston the captain they desperately need to compete in the East in the very near future.

So Mills do something, anything.

Will your legacy be to miss the playoffs and lose Anthony for nothing in the same year?  Now is your defining moment, this trade will energize the Garden and fill up James Dolan’s new suites at Madison Square Garden.

Yes, Christmas is over, but the Chandler for Rondo trade would make for a great new year for both cities.

Dr. Eric Kaplan is a Bestselling author www.5minutemotivator.com
Follow him on Twitter @drekaplan

Topics: Boston Celtics, Nba Trade Rumors, New York Knicks, Rajon Rando, Tyson Chandler

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  • Tony Curry

    Read my blogs I’ve been saying this for months, maybe, Chandler and Amare for Rondo, Humphries and Wallace and a first round pick(2118)

    • Paul Russomanno

      Boston wants picks not to give up one for Chandler and Amare who is made out of paper…They will not trade Rondo and a pick for anything but supreme talent and knicks dont have any except melo…this trade can work but we would prob give up Chandler, Amare, 1st round pick (2018), and probably Hardaway or Shump

      • Tony Curry

        I could live with this trade, it’s pretty much same as I suggested,I meant Knicks give up pick

      • Secret Hymns

        That’s no true, celtics have already said that they would take Stats contract and send Wallace and Hump to NY. Celtics want to get rid of the large contracts. Stats contract will be expiring

      • Joseph Jefferson

        I think you are buggin, big time. Rondo is amongst the best point guards in the N.B.A. but he is not worth giving up what you are talking about.

  • Powaful Cuse

    Trade Chandler for Rondo.and sign Andrew Bynum.

    • Tony Curry

      We need a point guard that can penetrate and play defense more

  • Edgar Winter

    are you fucking high?

  • Josh Gabriel

    I would do that in a second. But I doubt the Celtics do.

  • Joseph Jefferson

    …Yes, but where I beg to differ is Rondo will not make Iman Shumpert a better player. Ship Chandler AND Shumpert along with something or someone else to insure that we get Rondo.

    • Tony Curry

      I disagree Shumpert really is a slasher, so with rondo creating he can cut and finally expect to get the ball

      • Joseph Jefferson

        Tony, as I’ve said many times before, no team can have a starting shooting guard score 7 points a game, and expect to win. Iman Shumpert will have no upside, at least as things exist with The NY Knicks. I forgot to mention that we should also not give up Hardaway jr. in addition to Pablo. However, as far as I’m concerned, we can trade away all the other guards and hopefully get some very decent players in return.

        • Tony Curry

          Shumpert reminds me of teyshaun Prince and can be used in the same way, only giving him the ball in positions where he can score

          • Joseph Jefferson

            …Oh! Hell no, Tony! Shumpert is in no way as versitile as Prince, particularly in Prince’s prime in Detroit. Shumpert should live as long…

          • Tony Curry

            Let’s put him with a precision passer like Chris Paul or Rondo and see how versatile he really is. His real problem is he has to improve his ball handling

  • wstaton29

    I totally agree with Tony but I also agree with Joseph. There’s just too much hate between these 2 franchises to see the Celtics making this trade. The trade makes since, but the Celtics would want to bleed us dry. eg. They would probably ask for both Hardaway and Shumpurt, along with Chandler and a 1st round pick. They know they got the Knicks by the balls.