NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks continue to hope for Rondo

Feb 5, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Celtics defeated the Sixers 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors — Even though the Boston Celtics have continued to claim that Rajon Rondo is the one player the team is not willing to move, the New York Knicks are known to being rather persistent when they want to acquire a player. It seems that the Knicks still believe that Rondo can become a Knick, if the team was to put together a lucrative offer.

Despite the consistent claims from Celtics general manager Danny Ainge that Rondo isn’t available, the Knicks have a strong belief that he can be had if – in a nod to another show – the price is right. They can offer the likes of Amar’e Stoudemire (one season remaining after this one, at $23.4 million) while taking future money back (such as Gerald Wallace and/or Jeff Green) and helping Ainge clear the way for the summer of 2015 that is known to be a priority of his.

(via USA Today)

The above scenarios are all pretty interesting. Obviously, Stoudemire’s deal has been an absolute nightmare, but if Danny Ainge is really looking to have a playoff/title contender ready by 2015, which seems the likely option, moving Rondo for some long-term flexibility could be possible. However, the Celtics will likely continue tanking next year, and they would have to pay a lesser price than Rondo to move Wallace’s contract next season.

Ainge does have an abundance of draft picks, but if the Knicks offered him another first-rounder and the opportunity to move some bad contracts, he could potentially bite.

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