By Max Marcilla
Talks of potential trades between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics have been all over social media and every NBA rumor mill the past week.
The offer that the Knicks potentially offered looks something like this:
Now, everyone knows how big of an Iman Shumpert supporter I am, and yes I still do think, despite a let down start to the season, Shump can still be a great player in the future, but I’m not 100% against a trade involving Iman. If the Knicks do want to deal Shumpert, which by all means it looks like they do, then they better make a good deal to improve this team for the present and the future.
The offer by the Knicks would be great for the New York, replacing an injury prone, restricted, $20 million player in Amar’e Stoudemire with a few decent role players in Wallace and Lee. The C’s did say they’d be interested in a deal that involved just those three players.
However, what the Knicks tried to do in swapping Felton and Shumpert for Rondo was not copacetic for Danny Ainge and resulted in an obvious rejection by the Boston side.
If the Knicks can work a deal with Rajon Rondo, that would be a game changer. The former All-Star would certainly fix up the Knicks point guard woes once he gets healthy, but I do have a few concerns.
1.) Will the Knicks give up too much?
2.) Can Rajon Rondo play up to his usual standards once he returns from his season-ending knee injury?
I’m not sure what the likelihood of the Knicks getting Rondo in a trade is, but one thing looks certain: they will try to trade Iman Shumpert in pursuit of Rondo.