The New York Knicks are interested in trading for Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, according to two reports over the weekend.
Both the New York Daily News and ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that the Knicks were interested in trading for Rondo. The return for Rondo would center around Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire, according to the News. According to Broussard, the interest on Boston’s side is minimal.
It’s no secret any team would be interested in trading for Rondo, especially if his knee injury brought him at a discount. The Celtics aren’t likely to part with Rondo without a draft pick or asset for the future. Trading him within the division also seems unlikely.
Daily News reporter Frank Isola tweeted that a Rondo deal actually makes more sense between the Celtics and Houston Rockets, where center Omer Asik is unhappy. Would a return of Asik and Jeremy Lin be enough to pry Rondo out of Boston?
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge denied to the Globe Monday that he had been shopping Rondo. Like the question of tanking, though, a denial at one moment in time means virtually nothing. A million little decisions go into every big one. Would the Celtics trade Rondo for pennies on the dollar? Of course not. Would they trade him for an All-Star and a first round pick? Maybe. The answer to the “trade Rondo” question will be different every day from now until the NBA draft. Ainge has made it clear he’ll do what’s best for the team, and what’s best is not static or even measurable.
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