Rajon Rondo to New York Knicks Rumors Need to Stop

Rajon Rondo

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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.

Michael LeDuc is a Boston Celtics writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @mike_leduc, and add him on Google.

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  • Kyle Kessler

    You sir are a hack. Your point is right, but your writing is godawful.

    • Michael LeDuc

      I never claimed to be a great writer. I’m an absolute amateur, I get that. However, I encourage you to take a look at some of my other writings.

      When you have to write 7 articles a week on a lousy team, there is bound to be some unimpressive writings. But, I’ve taken pride in a number of them.

      • Kyle Kessler

        I appreciate your candor and apologize for taking out the rage borne of my own lousy team on you. The collection isn’t all bad. As fans of lousy teams, what are we to do in these times?

        • Michael LeDuc

          I’ll gladly take constructive criticism. I’m here to improve.

          Haha and yes I am glad you understand. Knicks fan? I can assure you they are fully capable of getting it together at some point this season, there is still hope!

  • Scott

    I find it hard to believe you don’t see the value in a trade such as:
    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=kqqcc84 (In addition to a 2018 First Rd Pick)
    I have read multiple reports that the Celtics would like to shed the expensive 3 year contracts of Green and Wallace so they can have flexibility come the summer of 2015. STAT has one year left so it will be an expiring contract next year, again, to free up cap space for the summer of 2015. It would also give them two young players with upside and more manageable contracts (They would need to resign Shump). Obviously the trade would not be STAT for Rondo but it is a better starting point than you let on.