The Boston Celtics aren’t exactly overly shopping Rajon Rondo, but if you call they’ll listen.
It became apparent that the Celtics were listening to offers for their All-Star point guard when a report surfaced last night that the Sacramento Kings offered Ben McLemore, Isaiah Thomas and draft picks to the Celtics for Rondo. The offer didn’t have much legs after Rondo seemed disinterested about signing long-term in Sacramento.
Soon after that rumor, Ryan Wolstat (Toronto Sun) reported that the Raptors were “interested” in Rondo as well.
The Raptors have been engaging in trade talks with Kyle Lowry, though they are prepared to keep him past the deadline. Lowry will be a free agent in July.
If anything, this was just Toronto “testing” the waters on the Rondo front — perhaps even seeing what the proverbial price would be.
In similar fashion, but at a much more desperate pace, the New York Knicks have also reportedly talked to the Celtics about Rondo.
Knicks' lust for new PG, I'm told, has inevitably prompted them to try to nudge Celts into Rondo talks … even though they know it's futile
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 18, 2014
Even though the Knicks lack the proper assets in order to acquire a players such as Rondo, the one bargaining chip that they do have, perhaps, is if Rondo wants to be in New York. The Knicks have gone on record saying that their long-term goal is to sign Rondo at some point in the future to team him up with Carmelo Anthony.
I’m not saying that Rondo is going to force a trade to New York, but the outline is there if he wishes.