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The Knicks continue to pursue Rondo

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

The Knicks are stuck in a glass of emotions right now. They can't get out of their funk, and I think it's beyond blaming the loss of Tyson Chandler. They have a 9-19 record, and with the way the roster is built I just don't see them improving. In a last dash move to save Melo. The Knicks look to Rondo to save their franchise.

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 Celtics have consistently denied they want to trade Rondo. But once this trade deadline passes, and it isn’t clear if he will even play before February, Rondo will have only one guaranteed season left on his contract. Like with Anthony when he applied pressure to the Denver Nuggets by threatening to leave in free agency, the Knicks wonder if Rondo will be able to have a say in where he might be traded if the Celtics end up fearful he’ll leave in free agency.

You got to love everyone wanting Rondo, sadly for them he's not for sale. Rondo's return is a month or so away according to him, so the Knicks may give up on the Rondo dream. The Knicks have nothing to offer, unless Danny Ainge wants to set a record for most 1st round picks in the next 5 years.

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Reply NeCsFan
11:56 AM on December 26, 2013 
Not only do the Knicks have nothing to offer, but nobody in their right mind would choose to be a part of that shit show! James Dolan has proven himself to be on a level of lunacy of the highest degree. I can see why on paper Tyson Chandler went there, but in 2013...you'd have to be completely out of your mind to actually WANT to be a Knick. Either that or you'd have to reconcile with yourself the fact that you are doing it for the money and not the winning, cause that isn't happening any time soon in New York. And while I'm sure Rondo - and any other sane person - is going to be looking for a max payday, I don't think he'd be foolish enough to sell his basketball soul to the Knicks for it. The only way this happens is if someone whacks Danny Ainge upside the head with the stupid stick.
Reply Celticslifer
12:15 PM on December 26, 2013 
The Knicks have been bad for over a decade. They recently had some success, but they gambled on Melo and Amare. I felt they shouldn't have moved for Melo. He needs so much help to win, or a better coach like George Karl.
Reply NeCsFan
12:50 PM on December 26, 2013 
Celticslifer says...
The Knicks have been bad for over a decade. They recently had some success, but they gambled on Melo and Amare. I felt they shouldn't have moved for Melo. He needs so much help to win, or a better coach like George Karl.

Not only does Melo need help, he refuses to use any of the help around him. Watching him stand in one spot dribbling the ball, looking off all his teammates, is one of the post frustrating things I've ever witnessed in my life! At least when ball hogs on other teams opt not to pass, they generally try to do SOMETHING! But not this guy, he'd rather just stand there and hope his defender decides to do something else than pass to a wide open teammate. I think if I had to watch a point guard as gifted as Rondo suffer through Melo I'd rip my friggin hair out. Melo couldn't handle Jeremy Lin holding on to the ball for more than 5 seconds. Anybody who thinks he'd mesh well with a legit playmaker is on something.
Reply paul
2:23 PM on December 26, 2013 
I don' t think Rondo will go max. It's perfectly sane for a great player to want to have great players around him and to be willing to give up some money to make that happen.

I think it's possible that Melo and Rondo would mesh well. Lin me no Lin. I think that a guy like Rondo commands respect that few in the NBA command, especially now that what he meant to the Celtics over the past several years seems to be more clear. We are almost to the point where, between Melo and Rondo, Melo is the junior partner. I think that could be what Melo needs. Top athletes, like most people, sometimes need inspiration and challenge. The two guys might really gel. But it's more likely that Melo would come to Boston than that Rondo would go to NYC. The Cs could actually offer the Knicks a good deal for Melo, built around Green and some draft picks and whatnot. They could offer both Melo and the Knicks a way forward.
Reply NeCsFan
2:40 PM on December 26, 2013 
I'm kinda hoping I'll never have to find out which one of us is right Paul lol. I think the saddest thing is that Rondo has earned a max contract. It's a shame the new CBA was really made to screw players to make them look selfish for demanding salaries they've earned. Especially a guy like Rondo. The media would have a field day with him if he took a max contract and Boston went into the red getting another max level player. Rarely do I feel bad for anyone who gets to play a game for a living and make millions of dollars doing it. But a lot of these guys are basically getting bullied into taking less money than they are worth. Anybody who has a top 5 or 10 selling jersey has earned a max contract just on GP for the amount of revenue they are bringing the league.
Reply paul
5:22 AM on December 28, 2013 
I hate the deal the players swallowed, but it was their fault. The league bullied them, and they made no real effort to fight back. The union seems to be corrupt, and the stars are too selfish to look out for the lesser players, while the lesser players can't seem to understand what is at stake - guys like
Delonte West were talking about working at Leows, guys like Davis were crying about missing one check. I'm proud to say that the Celtics stars tried to lead a last minute fight, but it was too little too late.

I don't think Rondo will go for the max, regardless of whether he deserves it, because he knows that the team has to have the money to pay other players. Would KG have won more championships if the team didn't have to nickle and dime the Tony Allens? I think so.