It’s no secret that the New York Knicks are hoping for a trade to land star point guard Rajon Rondo as they try to hold onto soon-to-be free agent Carmelo Anthony. One thing that’s also no secret is that the Knicks practically have nothing to offer the Boston Celtics in order to get their last remaining prized possession but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to keep trying.
via USA Today:
Despite the consistent claims from Celtics general manager Danny Ainge that Rondo isn’t available, the Knicks have a strong belief that he can be had if – in a nod to another show – the price is right. They can offer the likes of Amar’e Stoudemire (one season remaining after this one, at $23.4 million) while taking future money back (such as Gerald Wallace and/or Jeff Green) and helping Ainge clear the way for the summer of 2015 that is known to be a priority of his. (That summer is a major priority for the Knicks, too, but it appears the Rondo scenario is one of the few, if not the only, where they’d consider the impact of his addition great enough to justify taking on some money from that point on.) The Knicks can include Raymond Felton (a much cheaper point guard option) or Iman Shumpert (rookie contract) and even discuss beloved rookie Tim Hardaway Jr.
While all that may interest Ainge what the Knicks can’t offer is something he really covets at this point, draft picks. Thanks to previous trades the Knicks don’t have a first round draft pick until 2018. Either way the Knicks know they have to do something big by the February 20th trade deadline or the chances to keep Anthony will drop substantially.