Guys, guys, guys…don’t’ worry, the New York Knicks have a plan for the future. At least, in their minds, it’s a plan.
In a way, it’s a two-part plan — according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
First things first, re-sign Carmelo Anthony. Which right now looks like it’s going to be an extremely difficult thing to do. Not only have the Knicks not improved since he came over a few years ago, but one could argue that they’re in a worse position.
But if for some reason, the Knicks figure out a way to get Melo to stay in New York, then comes plan B — aka the MASTER part of the PLAN.
The part which entails the Knicks getting Rajon Rondo to force himself out of Boston. Of. Freaking. Course.
According to league sources, the Knicks’ first prong is to try to attract the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo. This idea has been tossed around in various forms for a while now, it’s not shocking. But the way the Knicks are hoping to get Rondo is a little unusual.
It’s not in free agency in 2015 but later this season or next summer when he comes back from a torn ACL. The Knicks are hoping Rondo will be interested in making a maneuver similar to what Anthony did back in 2011 and eventually try to force a trade to the Knicks, sources said…
If that fails — and who knows how Rondo will mesh with this Celtics team, it could work well and he could want to stay — the Knicks fully believe they will get one or two of the following in free agency in 2015 when they expect to have large salary-cap space: Kevin Love,LaMarcus Aldridge, Roy Hibbert, Marc Gasol, Tony Parker or Rondo when his contract is up. Under certain circumstances, (LeBron) James himself could be a free agent again that summer.
Basically, the Knicks believe that Melo could persuade Rondo to come to New York just the way he did — by pouting until he gets his demand. Let’s remember: the Celtics don’t have half as good as a roster the Knicks have, yet are still bested them in the standings by nearly three games.
It’s actually the perfect plan for the Knicks. It’s everything they are right now — the laughingstock of the league. This plan is the laughingstock of the history of plans.
Weren’t the Knicks saying the same thing about the summer of ’15 that they were saying about the summer of ’10? That summer, they didn’t get LeBron James, they didn’t get Joe Johnson, they didn’t get Dwyane Wade and they didn’t get Chris Bosh. They had to settle for a broken-down Amar’e Stoudemire.
But now we’re supposed to expect something different? I mean if they keep Melo, maybe? But are players really dying to play alongside a player like him? I’m not sure.
Now let’s return to the original premise — Rondo to NY. Do I think it’s a possibility? Sure, anything is a possibility. But do I think it’s going to happen? Nope. No way.
I think Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld says it best with this tweet he sent out last night regarding the Knicks:
Another day, another Knicks rumor. Like I said before — grain of salt, people. Grain of salt.