One thing is for sure and that is whether they are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, the New York Knicks are going to be very aggressive all the way up to the February 20 trade deadline.
All indications coming from the Knicks is that they are going to be buyers and as I looked at yesterday, they are looking to do something big as a selling point to keep Carmelo Anthony in town long term.
The problem the Knicks keep running into is a lack of valuable trade assets, but they are trying to find creative ways around that.
While the team has very little they can offer when it comes to draft compensation, they have some size on the roster that could be dealt away as we could see both Amar’e Stoudemire and Metta World Peace in different uniforms over the course of the next 10 days.
That’s the plan anyway, although Stoudemire’s contract is still going to prove very difficult to move.
That won’t stop the Knicks from trying though.
Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders.com has reported that the Knicks are looking for a star player, so far targeting both Boston’s Rajon Rondo and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, and will attempt to deal STAT to the Celtics in a package for Rondo.
The Knicks have been after Rondo for some time now and early in the season reportedly threw a laughable offer Boston’s way that included Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert.
Rondo is not a free agent until 2015, but reportedly isn’t very keen on Boston’s rebuilding attempt.
In addition the Celtics are likely the only team that would be interested in STAT’s large contract as they can afford to eat it for one more year until it comes off the books where they could make a splash in free agency the next couple of years.
However it will take much more than Stoudemire to get Danny Ainge to bite and that is where this proposed deal is likely to break down as the Knicks simply don’t have enough to offer as bait for the All-Star point guard.
But if they don’t get Rondo, which is extremely unlikely, that won’t stop the Knicks from trying to deal Stoudemire and others, although at the end of the day I have a hard time believing there will be any takers.