NBA trade rumors regarding Rajon Rondo and Amar’e Stoudemire

Nov 11, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (right) shares a laugh with a teammate during the second quarter of their 120-105 win over the Orlando Magic at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said last week he does not think All-Star pint guard Rajon Rondo will return to the team by the end of November, and the team really doesn’t know when he’ll be able to hit the court again.

Now, he’s having to answer ongoing trade rumors regarding the team trying to move their franchise point guard.

Via Celtics Insider of the Boston Herald:

“I haven’t talked to any teams about Rajon Rondo,” Celts’ president of basketball operation Danny Ainge told the Herald [Monday] morning.

He has, however, fielded a number of calls wanting to now if the rumors are true.

“It’s frustrating,” Ainge said.

He went on to reiterate that Rondo, still rehabbing from ACL surgery, is a major part of the Celtics’ plans going forward.

While Boston doesn’t appear to be on the verge of dealing Rondo, ESPN NBA Reporter Chris Broussard reports that the Celtics are willing to make a deal with the New York Knicks for All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire:

And according to the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, the Knicks have dangled Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Stoudemire as part of a deal that would land them Rondo:

The Knicks’ primary target is Rondo, Boston’s All-Star point guard who is recovering from knee surgery. The Knicks have been trying to tradeShumpert, Raymond Felton and Stoudemire in a complicated deal for Rondo but the Celtics haven’t shown much interest.

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

This is all just meaningless trade banter at this point, and this deal has close to 0% chance of happening.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge, Jordan Crawford, NBA, NBA Trade Rumors, Rajon Rondo

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  • Chrmngblly

    Who out there knows what the CBA requires for an existing player at the end of his contract—like Pau Gasol. It may be that the Lakers would like to have him back, now that he’s getting healthy again, only not at his current salary. What are the rules for negotiating a lower contract? He’s averaging a little less than 20 and 10. That’s hard to give up.

  • Gregory Marshall Smith

    There’s an unofficial rule that you don’t trade with conference or division rivals as it could hurt your team and help your enemies. Plus, the Celtics need to get younger, not get a gimpy Stoudamire in return.

    If there is to be a trade, send Jeff Green (who’s looking more like Paul Pierce in his final year in Boston than an up-and-coming forward), Brandon Bass and maybe a first-round draft pick to Houston (and maybe add injury-prone Avery Bradley) in exchange for Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin.

    Asik plays legit center, allowing Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk to slip into their natural positions as forwards. Lin, a consistent scorer and passer, complements Rondo.

    I wish the C’s could deal Gerald Wallace for anything, just to give development time to Phil Pressey.

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