March 4, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) passes the ball behind his back during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

NBA rumors: Knicks hope Rajon Rondo will force Celtics to trade him?


The New York Knicks aren’t exactly stockpiled with tradeable assets, meaning any deal between them and the Boston Celtics in exchange for point guard Rajon Rondo seems unlikely.

It’s a scenario that the Knicks’ front office seems well aware of which has them hoping Rondo will force the Celtics to trade him, this according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst:

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 suggestions seems a bit over the top, but Windhorst is plugged into the league and it’s possible the Knicks – headed by James Dolan – might actually believe something like this could happen.

Boston has made no secrets about their desire to keep Rondo, so combined with the Knicks lack of assets, it seems like a pretty difficult pairing – forcing a trade or not. Even if Rondo did request to be traded, you’d think Boston would be able to find a better deal than what New York could provide.

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