The New York Knicks are in danger of losing soon-to-be free agent Carmelo Anthony and are trying everything possible to make sure he stays. One thing that would definitely help the situation is landing star point guard Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics. The Knicks guards routinely get killed each night and Rondo would no doubt be a big help.
The problem is getting Rondo from the Celtics. Though Celtics general manager Danny Ainge says Rondo isn’t available, it’s believed throughout the league that he is, if the price is right. The Celtics are going through rebuilding mode and have already gotten rid of their viable players with Rondo being the lone soldier. Whether or not that’s true the Knicks don’t have much to offer but did devise this plan:
via USA Today:
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.
– Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie)