NBA trade rumor: Knicks still covet Rajon Rondo

USA TODAY Sports

But they still have nothing to offer.

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the New York Knicks are still after Rajon Rondo (according to Sam Amick).

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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.

Sorry Dolan, but that's just not going to get it done.  They don't have any draft picks to include and other than Tim Hardaway Jr. they don't even have young talent to entice Danny Ainge.  Basically no dice.

One other interesting note from Amick here is this:

Remember this, too: If Ainge is going to do something with Rondo, his colleagues tend to think he'd wait until the very last minute before the deadline to do so.

That's probably fair to say.  If Ainge was going to engage in serious discussions with anyone, it would get out via rumor and it would get back to Rondo.  Better to listen to everything and give no hints, then if he gets a great deal that he can't pass up, just pull the trigger at the 11th hour.

Regardless, I'm pretty sure we'll hear more reports about teams inquiring about Rondo and even making offers for him, but I don't think he's going anywhere.  At least not for anything less than a King's ransom.

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