The Boston Celtics have repeatedly said Rajon Rondo is not available for trade. They’ve made him captain. They’ve even reportedly offered him a contract extension.
Outside of stapling his shoes to the floor, it doesn’t appear Rondo will be changing zip codes come the upcoming NBA trade deadline.
But the New York Knicks don’t believe it. According to Sam Amick, the Knicks feel they currently have the assets to acquire Rondo, which includes a combination of sending Amar’e Stoudemire to the Celtics along with salary relief.
Despite the consistent claims from Celtics general manager Danny Ainge that Rondo isn’t available, the Knicks have a strong belief that he can be had if – in a nod to another show – the price is right. They can offer the likes of Amar’e Stoudemire (one season remaining after this one, at $23.4 million) while taking future money back (such as Gerald Wallace and/or Jeff Green) and helping Ainge clear the way for the summer of 2015 that is known to be a priority of his.
It seems to be a bit of a pipe dream on the part of the Knicks’ front office, though, it’s about as good of an offer as they can make.
Unfortunately for them, it just doesn’t look very feasible barring a complete fire sale (which isn’t technically out of the question).