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Report: Celtics have every intention to keep Rondo, despite rumors

Posted by shawn cassidy on November 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

There have been a flurry of Rondo rumors in the last couple of days, but this was one that was worth reporting. This one seems to have the most heat. With the Knicks less than stellar start. It's forced New York to start to scramble. Amar'e Stoudemire  is the contract that's holding New York back from perhaps improving. Stoudemire as been hampered with a list of injuires for the past two seasons. He'll likely never get back to his All-Star ways.

Stoudemire is 31, and he's been a flop in New York since his first season in town when he average over 25 points a game. It's been reported that he's not happy with his minutes restrictions. He's playing just 10 minutes a game through 6 games.So where do the Celtics come into play?


The New York Knicks continue to dangle Iman Shumpert in trade talks, including a recent proposal to the Celtics that would send the third-year guard and Amar'e Stoudemire to Boston in an effort to obtain star point guard Rajon Rondo, league sources confirmed Sunday.

The Celtics, though, have yet to show interest in the deal, instead preferring to unload forward Gerald Wallace in a trade, sources said.

The Knicks have inquired about Rondo in trade talks before, but both times the Celtics made it clear they were not interested in trading him.

Rondo currently remains sidelined while recovering from February ACL surgery.

Sources did say the Celtics would be willing to take on Stoudemire's contract if they could unload some of their longer deals, namely those of Wallace and Courtney Lee.

The Knicks may be reluctant to take Wallace back because they're hesitant to take on salary beyond the 2014-15 season.

The Knicks have three large contracts (Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani) coming off their books at the end the 2014-15 season and would like to be in position to acquire a top-flight free agent.

A trade including Wallace and Stoudemire would seem to benefit the Celtics financially. Boston is in rebuilding mode, and Stoudemire's contract expires a year before Wallace's.

Over the summer this was talked about. Which means this is probably true in some ways. I think this is more of New York wanting Rondo. The Knicks have nothing to offer for Rondo. This is their attempt to keep Melo. Do you like this trade if it doesn't include Rondo? I like the fact that the Celtics remove a year off of Wallace's contract. What I don't like is the money attached to Stoudemire. He's owed 21 this season, and 23 next season.

Wallace makes 10 a year, with adding the 10 extra million to the Celtics payroll.That could hurt their chances of a having money to spend this coming summer. When you factor th Hump contract, and potentially Bogans 5 million. The Celtics could have 17 in cap space. I think this deal does nothing for the Celtics. The Knicks just want to dump their bad contract on to the Celtics. I say Wallace has more value then this deal that's being offered up.

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Reply Greg
4:55 AM on November 18, 2013 
Fuck! Leave this damn rumor alone. Tired of this shit.
Reply celtsfan
1:56 PM on November 18, 2013 
This rumor has a lot of press right now. But it seems like more of the Knicks. I really would hate STAT here.
Reply rcraig617
12:18 AM on November 19, 2013 
I like this because even though amare is oft injured if he could stay healthy i can see rondo reviving his career. I don't want to see rondo traded to new york for amare and shumpert though that would be a terrible deal.