Anthony told friends after the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade to the Nets, he figured the Knicks would make a play for point guard for Rajon Rondo. Anthony believes Rondo would be the perfect piece and would be super motivated in New York to attempt to knock off Garnett and Pierce.
Instead, the Knicks will return two of their three primary free agents in J.R. Smith, who flopped in the playoffs, and Pablo Prigioni. They didn’t even have enough money in this new CBA to keep their young sniper, Chris Copeland. And they may not have enough to woo aging Elton Brand. Or the cash to get a commitment from competent but hardly scintillating backup point guard Sebastian Telfair. Another Knicks target, point guard Will Bynum, agreed to terms last night to remain in Detroit.
It’s possible Knicks GM Glen Grunwald called Danny Ainge about Rajon Rondo. Aside from Iman Shumpert, New York doesn’t have much to offer. Any player that Grunwald would have had to throw into the deal to make the salaries work (Felton, Novak, Camby) have too many years on their contracts.
Melo shouldn’t be too disappointed. Instead of Rondo, he’s getting Andrea Bargnani.
Isn’t it strange how other teams view Rondo as the missing piece, while the media in Boston labels him expendable.