For the past few months, rumors have circulated that the New York Knicks are interested in Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo. There has been speculation that Carmelo Anthony has been recruiting Rondo in order to join forces with the star point guard. While there is no surprise a team would be interested, the Knicks simply don’t have enough to offer Boston for this trade to be realistic.
The rumored compensation for Rondo would be a combination 31-year-old forward Amar’e Stoudemire and either Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. or Raymond Felton. All I could do was laugh as soon as Stoudemire’s name was added in the equation. The Celtics arn’t going to give up Rondo for a washed up forward who is owed over $23 million next year. Shumpert and Hardaway Jr. would be nice players to have, but Stoudamire? Come on! Rondo is worth a lot more than that.
If the Knicks were willing to take on Gerald Wallace‘s bad contract and offered first-round draft picks, maybe Boston would consider it. Amar’e Stoudemire, Tim Hardaway Jr. or Iman Shumpert, and a first-round draft pick for Rajon Rondo and Gerald Wallace would be somewhere in the ball park. But still, that doesn’t spell intriguing for Danny Ainge. Plus, the Knicks have no first-round picks to offer!
The deal would be unwise for the Celtics for they would just be getting rid of Rondo for the sake of getting rid of him. The 27-year-old guard was just named captain of the team and is starting to return to form. The Celtics need to hold out on trading Rondo until there is comparable return coming their way. Comparable return means draft picks or a young player, and possibly an expiring contract, not a washed up forward and a defensive-minded guard.
I’m a huge advocate for a Rondo trade, but this rumor is ridiculous and unrealistic. If it were to happen, it would be lousy on the Celtics’ part.