The New York Knicks have been reportedly looking to acquire a point guard all season long as the management feels that’s the missing piece to start turning things around.
The Knicks were already linked with a move to land Kyle Lowry, but since the team was reluctant to include a first-round pick in the deal things went south quickly. New York isn’t done testing the market, though, and now the franchise is being linked with a possible move for Boston Celtics’ star Rajon Rondo.
Rondo hasn’t returned to the court yet as he’s still recovering from an ACL injury suffered last year. Even though no talks have been held, it already seems like a long-shot for the Knicks. Rondo is the cornerstone of a franchise that’s undergoing a rebuilding process, and the only way the floor general could end up leaving is if he wants to win now — something the Knicks wouldn’t be doing as they are currently out of the postseason.
As for the Knicks, the trade seems like a good move, but it remains to be seen if they have enough pieces to make it happen. Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert would certainly have to be included in any possible deal, and even though Carmelo Anthony is rumored to be trying to convince Rondo to team up, the Knicks would have to give a lot more to land one of the better passers in the NBA.
The Knicks didn’t want to include a draft pick in the deal for Lowry, but since Rondo is an established star they might be willing to sweeten the pot. The Celtics clearly value Rondo as the superstar he is, so even if the Knicks are looking to acquire the trade seems very unlikely to happen right now.