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Report: Knicks covet Rajon Rondo, made laughable offer to Boston

Nov 17, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo AP

It is possible Danny Ainge will trade Rajon Rondo — he seriously talked offers for him when they had Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, you think he won’t consider it now that they are rebuilding?

But he’s not giving Rondo away for the spare change in the couch.

Which brings us to this note about the Knicks coveting Rondo, via Frank Isola at the New York Daily News.

Of course, the Knicks primary target is Rondo, Boston’s All Star point guard who is currently recovering from knee surgery. The Knicks have been trying to trade Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire in a complicated deal for Rondo but the rebuilding Celtics has yet to show much interest.

Unless the Celtics are blown away with an offer it’s hard to imagine Celtics GM Danny Ainge trading his best player, Rondo, to the rival Knicks.

Per team policy, Danny Ainge will not comment on trade rumors, so me just say on behalf of him:


Honestly, is there any player on the Knicks you would trade Rondo for to rebuild around? No.

And if you’re thinking “the Knicks should throw in a pick” remember they don’t have a first rounder they can move until 2018.

My guess is we’re going to see what Rondo can do with these Celtics and if he can take the torch, but with Ainge you know the trade rumors will never quite go away.

But he’s not giving Rondo away for scraps. Sorry Knicks.

  1. nygrwy - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Maybe if they throw in Bargani since he is playing at an elite level the past week we might have a chance to pull this off lol

    I left mid way through the hawks game last night. I cant really blame the players because the team is really just the wrong pieces.

    Seriously I would love for someone to figure out how much money the Knicks paid Mcdyess, Stephen Marbury Eddie Curry and Amare per game they actually played in.

  2. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Boston already has a defensive oriented shooting guard who can’t shoot- name is Avery Bradley.

    No one will take Amare and his uninsured contract off of Dolan’s hands. Not unless he is attached as part of a Carmelo trade.

    Can’t figure out who is leaking all these trade rumors to the press- is it Shumperts agent? Someone inside the Knicks FO or the other teams?

  3. scalfor3 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Missing the more interesting scoop. Chris Broussard’s reporting there’s talks of a Amare for Gerald Wallace and/or Courtney Lee trade. Not sure why the Knicks would do it, but I love the idea as a C’s fan if you get rid of Wallace’s longer contract.

  4. bluflower010 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    The story of being a Knicks fan the last 10 years: 1. Have no hope. 2. Find a bright spot. 3. bright spot is let go or traded. 4. Repeat -_-

    • jhuck92 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      So I guess you’re about to get to step 3: you’re just waiting for ‘Melo to get traded. And honestly, I think that’s the only player Ainge would want for Rondo from the Knicks.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    It’s not laughable when they get the cap relief that Ainge wants.

    • karlton3 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      “It’s not laughable when they get the cap relief that Ainge wants.”

      It’s laughable when Amare’s contract is the same length as Rondo’s and $9-10M PER YEAR more expensive. That’s not cap relief.

  6. mornelithe - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    The only way it makes sense is if a team has draft picks to spend, and the Celts are truly going to try and tank the season purposefully. Since the Knicks don’t have that, it doesn’t make sense.

  7. lowpostfootwork - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    If they can’t get Rondo, they should go for “””DENNIS SCHROEDER”””. He Looks like Rondo, He plays like Rondo… but he’s younger and cheaper

    • Kevin S. - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Which makes him even harder to get with the Knicks’ “assets.”

  8. spacemaker101 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Thought Boston was trying to get rid of Rondo?

    • andyhr17 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:35 AM

      Get rid of and trade are two completely different things. He’s their best player and one of the best PG’s in the league before his injury. You don’t just trade him away for a bag of the Knicks trash because you just don’t want him.

  9. 00maltliquor - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM


    That deal is so lopsided that if it DID go down, David Stern would veto it, PROMPTLY!

    • antistratfordian - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:41 AM

      Well, the Knicks aren’t the Lakers. They haven’t won anything in 40 years so I don’t think there would be as many owners objecting.

  10. legend30 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    What else is there to say? I mean honestly it’s the Knicks…

  11. thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    The Knicks as an organization are laughable.

  12. thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    I mean, why would they waste anyone’s time with that phone call. I’m not saying this is fair value, but Asik and Beverly from the Rockets (both young, healthy players that can fill a role and continue the rebuild) and a pick is better than that trash NY offered.

  13. mistaswerve - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Three quality players for a PG who can’t shoot, is fine with me.

  14. aldavis4president - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:58 AM


  15. sportsfan18 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Come on man! All the Knicks had to do was include J.R. Smith’s brother and the C’s would have jumped on it!

    I actually feel sorry for Knicks fans.

  16. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:59 AM


  17. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Kurt, I think its a good deal. Three quality players for a point guard that can’t hit a jumper to save his life.

  18. cruzan80 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    “so me just say on behalf of him”

  19. cruzan80 - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Here’s a trade that I think actually helps all parties involved….

    Celtics Get:
    Greg Monroe $4.1M (young, very talented & contract expires at seasons end)
    Charlie Villanueva $8.6M (another expiring contract at seasons end)
    1st round pick (self-explanatory)

    Pistons Get:
    Shumpert $1.7M (they don’t have a SG on the roster)
    Bargnani $11.9M (spreads the floor they way they’ve tried & failed to do with Monroe, Smith & Drummond)

    Knicks Get:
    Rondo (they need a floor general in the worst way & a shot in the arm)

    The salaries & assets match & I think all teams involved leave with what they want/need.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      There is ZERO chance the Pistons would move Monroe and only get back Shumpert and a pick (even with a salary dump), unless that was an unprotected lottery pick this year, and good luck getting Boston to give that pick up.

  20. money2long - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    knicks will have to take some of bos’ bad contracts in return

  21. justindad2 - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    NBA Payroll, Knicks #2, Houston #26

    However, my Rockets like Bill Gates in NBA, could get Rondo if we want but Rondo just not fit the young Rockets, we had 6 2nd round picks next 2 years, we still had our own 1st round picks, Asik, one of the best trade chips, rising star Parsons, Linsanity, Terrance Jones, in addition to 2 top 10 young stars, Harden and D12. One of the young contender teams, but team payroll still at the bottom, ranked #26, Nets 1 NYK 2 Mia 3 Chi 4 LAL 5 TOR 6 LAC 7 BOS 8…per

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      That’s ridiculous that TOR is 6th. Who outside of Gay is getting paid like THAT. And for them to be as garbage as they are. Ugh. Masai has a big mess to clean up up there.

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