The Knicks may be out of luck when it comes to acquiring Celtics guard Rajon Rondo from the Celtics, but according to one report, there may still be life for a trade between the two teams involving other players.
As you may be aware, the 3-8 Knicks have more issues than Rondo can fix anyways. They also lack big men.
The ones they have - Amare Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin - aren't getting much playing time, and according Bleacher Report, Stoudemire could be playing more minutes for the Knicks, but they simply aren't allowing him.
But perhaps Stoudemire's playing time will come on the Celtics.
According to Bleacher Report's source, the Celtics might be willing to trade Gerald Wallace and seldom-used Kris Humphries to the Knicks for Amare Stoudemire.
Yes, Stoudemire has massive amounts of money - $21.7 million and $23.4 million, respectively - left on his two-year deal, but the key is that it's only two years.
Wallace's contract has an extra year on it, so by trading him away the C's have more money freed up for the 2015-16 season. Also, the C's clearly will be worse this season without Wallace, if the goal is to maximize losses.
But like Humphries, who is a distant last on the team's big-man depth chart, there's no future in Boston for Stoudemire. Celtics coach Brad Stevens has made it clear that he's going to play his younger players - the ones who he may still be coaching a few years down the road.
Stoudemire could run into the same problems in Boston that he has in New York, and it wouldn't be long before the C's had yet another recently-acquired disgruntled player on their roster.
The same report also said the Celtics "plan on stinking in 2014-15 anyway". Celtics GM Danny Ainge shot down the rumor Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich:
“I don’t like to address rumors, but there is just not a lot of integrity in the media,” said Ainge. “I don’t believe there is a source close to the team that said that. I believe there is a lot of things that are made up today in the desperate world of competition in the media. I don’t want to throw every media person under the bus; there are some great people in the media with a great deal of integrity. But there is so much garbage, and someone close to the Celtics would never say that.
“Those kind of rumors can be damaging and they start a lot of talk that is unnecessary and wastes a lot of time,” said Ainge. “There are so many people out there I don’t even know who half these guys are.”