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Knicks reportedly holding out hope to acquire Rajon Rondo

Reports emerged earlier this season that the Knicks were interested in injured Celtics [1] point guard Rajon Rondo [2], with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony allegedly trying to talk Rondo into making the move to New York [3] when his contract with the C’s expires after next season.

Now, an ESPN report [4] indicates the desperate Knicks are hoping to acquire Rondo even earlier. The team is said to be hoping Rondo will follow the path Anthony took out of Denver in 2011, when he forced a trade to the Knicks by refusing to sign an extension.

Of course, the Knicks still would need to have something reasonable to present to Boston. A rumor in November [5] had New York considering offering a subpar package of Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton [6] and Amar’e Stoudemire. At that time, Celtics [7] president of basketball operations Danny Ainge insisted [8]: “I haven’t talked to any teams about Rajon Rondo [9].”

Rondo recently started practicing with the Celtics as he continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered in January, but he said last week [10] that he might not return in January, as had been speculated.