COMMENTARY | If you believe Danny Ainge, Rajon Rondo will be in a Boston Celtics uniform next season. Ainge has said multiple times that despite trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, he is not looking to deal his only remaining star player. Of course, there is a very real possibility that some of this is just smoke and mirrors. You can't believe what everyone says in the NBA, as surprises happen all the time. Remember when Brad Stevens was hired very soon after Ainge claimed he wasn't in a rush to find a new head coach?
Despite coming off of an ACL injury, Rondo would certainly be a hot item if he were to hit the market. He would be a huge upgrade at point guard for many teams around the league.
The New York Knicks are one of those teams.
Of course, it doesn't seem as if Rondo going to the Knicks could happen in any reasonable way. They are strapped financially, with most of their money tied up in Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Amar'e Stoudemire. Additionally, they lack any true assets that Boston would be interested in. Ainge would probably laugh if the Knicks ever called about Rondo.
Regardless, Carmelo Anthony reportedly believed that his New York Knicks would become contenders to acquire Rondo after Garnett and Pierce were dealt. Clearly, Anthony doesn't think that Raymond Felton is doing enough at point guard.
Even if Danny Ainge isn't being completely honest and he secretly is looking to trade Rondo, the New York Knicks would not be a realistic landing spot. They have very little that could interest Boston in a trade, and it's hard to believe that they could put together a package that would be worth an All Star point guard. Iman Shumpert is their only valuable young player, and he is certainly not enough for Rondo.
It appears as if Carmelo is looking for some extra help in New York. While Amar'e Stoudemire is paid as a max player, he has been far from one on the court. Between Stoudemire, Anthony, and Tyson Chandler, the Knicks are more or less stuck financially.
This is obviously yet another compliment for Rajon Rondo. While many fans question his game and ability, it seems as if every star player around the league respects him and would love to play with him. Rondo and Anthony might not be a great fit, but it's interesting that Carmelo had such interest in playing with Rajon.
Regardless, don't expect to see Rajon Rondo in a New York uniform anytime soon. Danny Ainge appears ready to build around the young point guard. Even if this is not the case, there is a very small chance that he ends up with the Knicks. Even calling it a small chance is being generous.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering the Celtics for 3 years. He has been featured onFox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports , and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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