COMMENTARY | It is rumor season around the NBA and the New York Knicks with all of their woes are happy to be involved in anything that will take attention away from their abysmal start. According to a report from ESPN the Knicks hope/think that Boston's Rajon Rondo is a realistic option for their franchise.
"According to league sources, the Knicks' first prong is to try to attract the Celtics' Rajon Rondo. This idea has been tossed around in various forms for a while now, it's not shocking. But the way the Knicks are hoping to get Rondo is a little unusual…The Knicks are hoping Rondo will be interested in making a maneuver similar to what Anthony did back in 2011 and eventually try to force a trade to the Knicks, sources said."
So in short New York thinks Rondo is, or will eventually be, unhappy with Boston's rebuilding direction and will lobby for a one-way trip to the Big Apple.
The Celtic's have repeatedly said they are committed to Rondo and while organizations can change their mind after one seducing phone call, it's unlikely New York has the goods to bed Boston in a deal for Rondo.
The guy isn't even back from injury yet and may not return until late January, yet the rumors continue to swirl. It's pretty remarkable. The Knicks seem to be fooling themselves that a bidding war wouldn't ensue should the All-Star guard be made publicly available this season or before next summer. New York with their bad contracts and limited assets wouldn't be among the best suitors for the Celtics. Other teams with talent and picks would be interested in Rondo especially with such a meager salary owed to him over the next two seasons.
Then to hope that Rondo would "force" a trade to New York is almost as diabolical as it is ludicrous. Without a no-trade clause in his contract Rondo can't dictate his fate. If things were to turn sour, Boston truly would have little incentive to send him to a team that would make him happy…especially if that team is a division rival.
The Celtics are a proud franchise and don't intend to endure a lengthy rebuilding process. Either Rondo stays or they bring back a major haul for his services via trade. Unless the Knicks get a third team involved with a star player or significant draft picks to send back to Boston, this is just wishful thinking on behalf of New York.
But it is New York, big city of dreams.
Warren Shaw is a NBA contributor to Dime Magazine and co-host of the weekly basketball podcast "The Baseline". He has covered various sporting events live while also conducting one on one player interviews. His passion for basketball is seconded by boxing and his work can be found on shawsports.net.
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