|Those pesky Rajon Rondo to New York Knicks trade rumors won’t go away||02.09.14 at 1:10 pm ET|
Apparently the New York Knicks don’t want to believe Danny Ainge.
A report in the USA Today indicates that the Knicks, who stand 20-30 heading into Sunday, still believe they can pry away superstar point guard Rajon Rondo for the right package.
Part of their desperation, Sam Amick’s report suggests, has to do with the desire to keep another superstar – Carmelo Anthony – from bolting Broadway.
“The Knicks have a strong belief that he can be had,” Amick writes.
Amick points out the Knicks can offer Amar’e Stoudemire, who has one season remaining after this one, at $23.4 million, while also taking future money back, i.e. Gerald Wallace (two years/$20 million) and/or Jeff Green (two years/$18.4 million). This would help Ainge clear the way for the summer of 2015 when he can add free agents to a possibly lottery pick or two.
The Knicks can’t offer any first round draft picks until 2018 but they could include point guard Raymond Felton, promising young swingman Iman Shumpert and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr.
Earlier this season it was reported that Anthony was trying to lure Rondo, a former teammate at Oak Hill Academy, to the Knicks.
|Irish Coffee: Ultimate Celtics rumor roundup||02.23.11 at 2:40 pm ET|
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Ever since Marquis Daniels suffered a bruised spinal cord on Feb. 6, it’s been no secret the Celtics want to make a trade, and Lord knows they’re active. Just look at the names they’ve reportedly inquired about.
The Celtics don’t have to make a deal. They’ll be NBA title contenders no matter what. If they do add someone, they’ll have to part ways with Marquis Daniels, Nate Robinson, Von Wafer, Semih Erden, Avery Bradley or Luke Harangody. In a lot of cases, that someone wouldn’t be an upgrade over any of those guys.
So, let’s sort all the rumors into three categories: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
THE GOOD: UPGRADES
Suns forward Grant Hill
- Contract: Signed through this season ($3.32 million)
- Statistics: 30.4 minutes, 13.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks, 49.5 FG%, 35.8 3-PT FG%, 84.0 FT%
- Rumor: Among the places the Celtics have looked is Phoenix. Three sourdes confirmed the clubs spoke about three Suns wings.
- Chances: “That looks like it’s gone,” said one Herald source, “but you never know.”
- What it would take: Daniels and either Bradley, Erden or Harangody
Rockets forward Shane Battier
Contract: Signed through this season ($7.35 million)
- Statistics: 30.8 minutes, 8.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.2 blocks, 45.4 FG%, 64.9 3-PT FG%, 64.9 FT%
- Rumor: The Rockets would be tempted to make the deal if the Celtics would include center Semih Erden, though we’ll probably never know since Boston apparently wants to keep and develop him.
- Chances: Houston-Boston deal involving Shane Battier not happening, says source close to situation
- What it would take: Robinson, Bradley and Erden or Harangody; or Daniels and Robinson
|Ainge: Celtics had interest in big trades||02.19.10 at 5:31 pm ET|
Appearing a guest on The Big Show Friday afternoon, Danny Ainge indicated that the Celtics had discussions about acquiring Amar’e Stoudemire from Phoenix and Kevin Martin from Sacramento.
“We did talk about getting Stoudemire,” Ainge said. “I got a sense [Phoenix wasn't] getting the things they wanted. I think they would have moved him, but I think they like Amare. He’s a terrific player and they didn’t get what they wanted.”
Ainge also said he had discussions with the Kings about Martin and made an attempt to maneuver in the mega trade between the Knicks, Rockets and Kings that resulted in Martin going to Houston and Tracy McGrady to New York.
The deal for Nate Robinson was done several days ago, Ainge said, but he and the Knicks wanted to wait to see about other deals before finalizing the trade. On Robinson, Ainge said: “I’m fan of him as a person and I’m a fan of him as a player. I liked Eddie. We really liked Eddie House. But Nate as a player is just a more dynamic player.”
Ainge also said the technical foul that was assessed to Rasheed Wallace Thursday night against the Lakers had been rescinded by the league.
|All eyes on New York||02.18.10 at 10:17 am ET|
Late last night the Rockets pulled off a major deal when they agreed to a trade that would send Tracy McGrady, Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey to the Kings for Kevin Martin, Hilton Armstrong, Sergio Rodriguez and Kenny Thomas. ESPN and Yahoo! Sports have the particulars.
Celtics fans have become well-acquainted with Martin over the last few weeks. The Kings have maintained that they wouldn’t move the scoring guard except for a young big man, and while Landry is not as well-known as the other players in the deal he has emerged as one of the best sixth men in the NBA and is a major scoring threat on the low post.
The other big piece is McGrady, who carries an expiring contract worth almost $23 million. The Kings, presumably, have no use for him and speculation has swung back to the Knicks who have been in talks with the Rockets about McGrady for weeks. The key for New York is unloading Jared Jeffries who has another year left on his contract after this one.
McGrady could be relayed to the Knicks along with Rodriguez for Jeffries, Larry Hughes and rookie Jordan Hill. The Knicks have also been said to be in talks with the Bulls about sending Al Harrington to Chicago for Tyrus Thomas and another player.
This is where the Celtics re-enter the picture in their quest to land Nate Robinson. The salary cap math doesn’t work on a Robinson for Eddie House swap so the two two teams would have to find a third team to help facilitate the move. Suddenly there are lots of third teams potentially available. Various reports have also indicated that J.R. Giddens would be involved somehow.
The Knicks also pulled off a minor deal Wednesday when they traded Darko Milicic to Minnesota for Brian Cardinal. The Knicks plan to release Cardinal, which would clear a roster spot, no small consideration. Before all the wheeling and dealing the Knicks were at the 15-player limit.
That’s a lot to sift through as we approach the 3 p.m. trade deadline. Indications remain strong that Robinson will be joining the Celtics, perhaps as early as tonight when they play the Lakers. How he winds up getting there is still to be determined.
|Ray to Bulls rumor swirls again||02.04.10 at 12:52 pm ET|
The Chicago Sun-Times put out the rumor that the Bulls and Celtics could get together on a deal that would send Ray Allen to Chicago for a package that includes Kirk Hinrich, Tyrus Thomas and Jerome James. That’s a deal that has been speculated about before, but it doesn’t seem like it would be a good match for the Celtics.
Thomas and James are both in the final years of their contracts. While James is essentially a non-factor, Thomas does have intriguing ability, but throughout his career he has been more potential than production. Hinrich is a player who has received lots of interest around the league because of his abilities and also because the Bulls would like to move his contract, which has two years left after this one, to create more cap space in the summer.
It has long been speculated that the Bulls will make a run at Chicago native Dwyane Wade. If they can clear Hinrich’s contract, they could have the space to go after two prime free agents.
Hinrich could help the Celtics, certainly. He is a solid playmaker and a good defender who can guard multiple positions. He is having a down shooting season, however, and would not be a viable replacement for Allen in that regard. The Celtics could get creative and try to work out a deal for Hinrich alone involving a combination of their other expiring contracts — Brian Scalabrine, Tony Allen, Eddie House, etc.–but probably not at the cost of Allen.
Doc Rivers had some interesting comments about this Thursday on his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan (click here for a full transcript).
“The thing that’s happening right now is everybody’s trying to give away their [expiring contracts] to those same teams and those same teams are trying to get a bargain,” Rivers said. “Eventually the trade stuff will end up, I don’t think with us, but around the league everybody’s trying to take advantage of everybody.”
In other words, the trade market has not yet fully taken shape. Teams are still in the feeling-out process. In regards to Allen, both Rivers and Danny Ainge have stated the team’s position, which is: They will listen to offers for Allen, but it will have to be a great deal for the Celtics for them to pull the trigger.
While the Hinrich rumor makes some sense in the abstract, it doesn’t appear to satisfy those requirements for the Celtics.