As we approach the NBA trade deadline on February 20th, we are sure to hear some crazy rumors. But, this one in particular seems gigantic compared to many of them being thrown around. According to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics could work out a deal involving Rajon Rondo and Amar’e Stoudemire:
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 it might make sense for the Knicks, assuming they will build on Rondo in the future, one can’t help but wonder why the Celtics would want such a God-awful contract in return — unless it truly is to set themselves up for free agency in 2015.
With all of the other talk going on about free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony and whether or not he will be traded, this is something that makes a bit more sense for New York at the moment. They should know by now that Anthony is likely a goner come summer, so trying to find themselves another franchise building block like Rondo would do the organization good; not to mention, getting rid of the Stoudemire contract is a win in itself.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated as we hear more. For now, it’s an entertaining possibility that just might happen.