By: Randy Cruz (@cruzr83)
The Knicks are in trade rumors every season -- there's nothing new about that. From now until mid February is their time of year to be in trade rumors and negotiations with several teams. The main and obvious question from the Knicks point of view is do they have the pieces in order to get a deal done?
Per Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Knicks have been attempting to trade Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire to the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo in a "complicated deal." The Celtics have yet to show interest in what the Knicks are offering.
Many Knicks fans would love this deal. Many Celtics fans would probably not. But as of now, it remains to be seen how far this rumor goes and if it pans out to anything.
Over the last several months, Rajon Rondo has been in trade rumor talk, but Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge has held onto Rondo, primarily for two reasons: 1) to see how Rondo can mix with the younger core of players currently on the roster when he returns from injury, as well as new head coach Brad Stevens and 2) wanting to get the best possible deal and pieces for his All-Star point guard.
Danny Ainge took his time dealing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and we're likely to see the same patience with Rajon Rondo, regardless of where he goes if he's headed elsewhere.
As far as the Knicks, Iman Shumpert is their only valuable trade asset and they know it. They're not trading Carmelo Anthony or Tyson Chandler so there's that. Shumpert, who's only 23 years old, still has an upside and a plethora of room to become a better basketball player.
Known for his defensive ability, it seems Shumpert, for whatever reason or reasons it might be, has fallen out of favor with Knicks head coach Mike Woodson and the organization is looking to improve their team by putting Shumpert in trade proposals.
Rondo, like Shumpert did last year, is recovering from an ACL injury, so it remains to be seen how aggressive teams are pursuing Rondo knowing there's still isn't a timetable for his return.
Also per Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Iman Shumpert had a secret knee surgery back in July that only the Knicks knew about. The organization did the same thing when it came to Amar'e Stoudemire when they did not make public of a knee surgery he had during the summer as well.
Usually trades don't happen after the first proposal, several proposals have to be thrown out there to get a deal done, whether its a 2-team deal or a 3-team deal, which in this case, involving Rondo, wouldn't surprise me if it took more than 2 teams and considerable amount of patience.