As Brian Windhorst reported in this astute look at the Knicks' future plans, New York's management is targeting Rajon Rondo. But they don't want to wait until Rondo's potential free-agency. Their hope is that he demands that the Celtics trade him to New York.
ESPN Insider Tom Haberstroh calls that idea a pipe dream in his latest piece.
Let's take a look at the Knicks' trade assets that might interest Celtics president Danny Ainge in exchange for Rondo's services.
Let's see ...
... still looking ...
OK, this is harder than I thought. Maybe Tim Hardaway Jr., a solid rookie who comes off the bench for a 9-19 team? Iman Shumpert, whose career is going backward after ACL surgery 20 months ago? The Knicks could make their draft picks available, but that cupboard is increasingly bare. They've already sent their 2014 and 2016 picks away to Denver and Toronto, respectively.
Even if the Celtics wanted to move Rondo, why would they choose New York, which might be the least attractive trade partner in the league?
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