Everyone wants to believe that the Boston Celtics have no intention of trading point guard Rajon Rondo. There’s certainly plenty of reason to buy into that belief. However, there’s also a big reason to think that the New York Knicks are still in play for the veteran.
The Celtics have made it very clear the only way they deal Rondo is for a legitimate superstar. Despite contrary belief, the Knicks are loaded with talented players who have the proven ability to help a team win, even if they can’t accomplish it with their current organization. Whether it is Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton , Iman Shumpert , Tim Hardaway Jr. or a combination of players, New York is prepared to give Boston a serious offer to consider.
It’s hard to imagine the Celtics parting ways with their top player, regardless of the fact general manager Danny Ainge is preparing to make room in order to ensure success in free agency. With that being said, Rondo’s health could be a huge factor in the decision, especially if the Knicks make an offer that is hard to refuse. Even if talks haven’t reached a serious level, there’s no denying that New York will press hard.
At this point, New York must consider all options. The franchise is in turmoil after the acquisition of several key players has resulted in a 20-31 record and two spots out from the eight seed in the Eastern Conference. Drastic moves must be made, which means unpopular decisions must be executed. Parting ways with future players could be what’s necessary in order to give the present roster a shot.
Let’s be honest, acquiring Rondo, who is one of the top-tier point guards in the league, would improve the Knicks tenfold. The man is a game changer for a team that has Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani on it. With New York likely to shake things up in the ensuing weeks, there’s plenty of room for a trade for Rondo.