Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report has some insight into the Celtics future plans with Kris Humphries and Avery Bradley. Unfortunately, it revolves around a trade with the New York Knicks.
My other thought for the Knicks is to continue to aggressively work the phone with the Boston Celtics, who are not a lock to keep Rajon Rondo after this season. Rondo is the one top point guard who’s up for grabs and needs a premier scoring option around him. That’s Anthony.
The Celtics are interested in signing and trading Kris Humphries this summer, so perhaps the Knicks could spark a three-team deal to get Rondo by giving up Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and a future second-round selection (the Knicks’ 2018 first-round pick is too important at this point). Humphries would have to go to a third team because, according to Hamilton, “Any team receiving a player in a sign-and-trade deal must be no more than $4 million above the luxury tax threshold after the trade is complete, and the Knicks may not be if they do re-sign Melo.”
Avery Bradley’s future in Boston is cloudy—he could be too pricey for them—and Shumpert would be a valuable two-guard in his place. But, most importantly, the Celtics would likely need to receive a first-round pick or a standout point guard in return from that third team. While GM Danny Ainge would prefer to keep Rondo, if an offer blows him away, he would consider it. The same goes for Jeff Green, a power forward the Knicks should also inquire about who doesn’t have an untradeable tag in Boston.
So… the Celtics would move Rondo and Hump for Stoudemire’s expiring deal, Iman Shumpert, a 2nd rounder and some sort of mystery player/1st round pick.
File under: I’m highly suspect of this scenario
At least we’re not talking about Rondo’s unexcused absence.
I am getting concerned Avery Bradley’s future in Boston. With his name popping up in multiple trade rumors, I’m afraid Danny Ainge and Bradley might not be in the same ballpark regarding compensation.