The New York Knicks aren’t doing what most teams do at the trade deadline. While they’re making calls in order to secure a trade, they’re doing so not to just be competitive in the second half of this season but they’re trying to convince Carmelo Anthony to stay in New York beyond this season.
It appears that Melo may want to stay in New York and that has the Knicks trying to make a splashy trade to show Melo they are committed to winning a championship in the very near future. One way to do that is to trade for Rajon Rondo, something the Knicks have apparently been on the phone with the Boston Celtics about.
According to Bill Imgram from Basketball Insiders, the Knicks are trying to convince the Celtics that taking Amare Stoudemire in a trade for Rondo is a good thing for Boston.
Where the Knicks would really like to make a radical upgrade is at point guard, which is why they have been connected to talks about Kyle Lowry and now Rajon Rodo. Toronto’s asking price was too high, as they hope to convince Lowry to be their long-term floor general, so the Knicks are hoping to convince Celtics GM Danny Ainge that Amar’e Stoudemire’s expiring contract will help them make a huge splash in the next big free agent class: 2015.
Boston has been trying to work out a long-term deal with Rondo but those talks haven’t progressed very fast. While a trade to New York for Rondo seems like a ridiculous idea, we may end up seeing it discussed more and more as the deadline quickly approaches.