There have been multiple reports that the New York Knicks are actively pursuing Rajon Rondo. The Knicks would have to wait until next season for Rondo to hit free agency or they may be able to make a deal with their Atlantic Division rival, Boston Celtics. Without a doubt, the Knicks would definitely benefit from having Rondo’s services available to them, but it’s hard to figure out how New York plans to entice the Celtics into trading their best player to them.
Honestly, it would seem foolish for the Celtics to trade the last remaining player from their latest championship run to the Knicks. If the great majority of NBA general managers were faced with the prospects of having to trade their best player, the last team that they would be willing to deal with is a division rival. Somehow, the Knicks obviously think that they will be able to sidestep conventional wisdom in this situation for some apparent reason, but the news feels like a way to distract their fan base from this disastrous season.
Now, if the Knicks plan to wait until Rondo hits the free agent market in 2015, the Knicks’ front office better make significant strides to improve their roster to have a chance at enticing Rondo to ink a deal with them. The Knicks would hand Rondo the keys to the team immediately, but it remains to be seen whether the Knicks will resemble a finely tuned sports car or an old beat up station wagon by the time the summer of 2015 rolls around.
All in all, the idea that Rondo and Carmelo Anthony could possibly be teammates soon seems a little farfetched, but there is no doubt stranger deals have been brokered by Danny Ainge, the president of basketball operations for the Celtics. Ainge was responsible for trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets, which clearly shows that any player on the Celtics’ roster has a price tag. In the immortal words of Garnett and the Adidas Marketing Department, “anything is possible.”