By Scoop Fox
Winter has arrived in New England. Football starts to wind down, people are looking towards basketball to fill in. Yes, the 2013-2014 NBA has reached the one-fourth mark and now the infamous 'trade rumors' are starting to sprout. Right now all the buzz is about Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and where he might land before season's end. Though some trade talks are just laughable (Rondo to Sacramento anyone), one team has thrown away whatever is left of their dignity in an attempt to gain #9's services.
As we speak, the word on the street is that the New York Knicks are trying to make a trade with the Boston Celtics for the services of point guard Rajon Rondo. Any Knicks fan would salivate and pray that this trade will happen, even though Rondo is currently recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in last season. When healthy, Rondo is a top 5 point guard in the NBA and perhaps the best point guard in the Eastern Conference. He not only brings a competitive edge but is a defensive stalwart and a floor general for the offense, something that the Knicks definitely need.
Second, what do the Knicks have to offer? If the Celtics are looking for 1st Round draft picks from the Knicks they might want to hold their breath. The Denver Nuggets currently hold the Knicks’ 2014 NBA 1st Round pick stemming back from the Carmelo Trade back in 2011 and have the ability to swap with the Toronto Raptors the Knicks’ 2016 1st Round pick amongst themselves. Also what Knick players/contracts do to the Celtics even want? Amar’e Stoudemire and the 2-years and $45.09 million left on his contract, J.R. Smith and his 3-year $17.94-million contract, or perhaps the 3 years and $11.38-million left on Raymon Felton’s deal. The only attractable things the Knicks have to offer are young guards Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. and it's hard to believe the Knicks would be stupid enough trade away their only young team assets.
All in all, it’s all just smoke and mirrors. Christmas has already past so Knicks fans should stop hoping that Santa Ainge will give them an elite point guard. Fact is that there are only two ways that this trade will happen. First is if Rondo decides that Boston is not a place he wants to be and forces his way out. The other is if Danny Ainge decides to finally trade Rondo (after talking about it for so long) and takes on a few bad contracts. Hell has a better chance of freezing over than any of those scenarios happening.
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