Post-game Reactions

Think we could get through Christmas week without a Rondo rumor? Think again. This one though is a special treat though since it involves the New York Knicks. Here’s an excerpt from yesterday’s column by Brian Windhorst, a well respected reporter over at ESPN.com that explains the Knicks hope of landing the All-Star point guard:

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.

It’s not in free agency in 2015 but later this season or next summer when he comes back from a torn ACL. 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.

The Celtics have consistently denied they want to trade Rondo. But once this trade deadline passes, and it isn’t clear if he will even play before February, Rondo will have only one guaranteed season left on his contract. Like with Anthony when he applied pressure to the Denver Nuggets by threatening to leave in free agency, the Knicks wonder if Rondo will be able to have a say in where he might be traded if the Celtics end up fearful he’ll leave in free agency.

That may seem contrived, yes, but this isn’t a made-up scenario. It is a genuine option. You have to give the Knicks this: It has worked before.

CH’s Take: Windhorst is right about the fact it has worked before. However, there are a lot of other major differences between the Knicks’ situation from when they dealt for Melo and their situation right now.

For one thing, I believe Danny Ainge when he has said he isn’t interested in trading Rondo for the time being. Brad Stevens and Rondo appear to be working well together for now, and he’d be foolish to try to attempt to break up that marriage without giving it a year or two.

Perhaps more importantly though is the Knicks situation. Where as they had a treasure trove of legitimate assets to send the Nuggets’ way in exchange for Carmelo Anthony, that’s far from the truth for now or next season, whenever they have the pipe dream of dealing for Rondo.

The Knicks don’t have any first round draft picks to trade until 2018. The rest of their roster is filled with largely over-the-hill overpriced veterans. There are a few young prospects around, like Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. but neither of those guys are even close to being enough to pry about Rondo in a deal. Even if the Knicks were willing to clear the decks for the Celtics and take every bad contract they had (Gerald Wallace, Courtney Lee, etc.) it still wouldn’t be enough to get the deal done in my estimation.

So I know it’s a depressing time of year for the Knicks, especially around the holidays, but they are dreaming here. Even if they want to, there’s just no way they have enough assets to trade for Rondo. Plus, if the point guard forces his way out of town (a major reach), you can bet Ainge isn’t giving in and taking a lackluster return return by the Knicks to appease Rondo and set up a division rival for years.

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Brian Robb

Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • hydrofluoric


  • hax

    These reports are getting annoying. The opposite could happen actually. The truth is Carmelo hates New York now and would love to be traded to Boston for Jeff Green and our two 2015 1st round picks.

    • hax

      And Gerald Wallace thrown in for good measure.

  • Alex

    Enough with the Knicks tampering through back pages. We beat them by 40 with no rondo. Rondo is not stupid. If he ever leaves it will be to win and frankly were a lot closer than they will ever be. And Carmelo is a bum and rondo is a better player than him.

  • Space

    Honestly I’m getting tired of all the trade rumors about Rondo. If he wanted to leave Boston I’m pretty sure The Knicks are not on his list, they need to worry about winning Games before going after Rajon

  • mugi

    Knicks out of their god damn minds anyway. What are they smoking, i’d love to have some. So out of touch with reality….

    • hax

      Every Knicks draft pick until 2030 for Rondo, Wallace, Lee.

  • roadsidenotes


    You guys don't understand at all. The Knicks play in -Madison Square Garden- which is only the most famous sports venue in the as yet explored universe! And you get to play in New York City, which, of all the cities that are named New York, is the most awesome.

    Anyone—–anyone—-with half a brain would be eager to play for a clueless owner, an overmatched coach, and on a team with a bunch of ding-a-lings, in order to savor the Madison-Square-Gardenness of this New York-awesomeness.

    Because, you know, of course Rondo will force his way to the Knicks, because Melo did that, and the two went to school together, therefore they are exactly the same person, with the same motivations and the same goals, and the same love for the Big Apple, where a guy can really build his brand and get endorsement money and all that stuff that *clearly* has been so important to Rondo for all these years, what with his goal of becoming a billionaire and being famous in China and stuff.

  • YouSerious?

    Yeah, even if Rondo didn't want to be on the Celtics, why the hell would he go to a team that's currently worse and in horrible shape for the future?

    Problem with these big market teams lately is that they just assume that their names will be a big enough draw to attract great players, so they get lazy and refuse to put in effort towards developing their own players through the draft.