Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Wanted the Knicks to Attempt to Trade For Rajon Rondo

by July 09, 2013

After locking up JR Smith and Pablo Prigioni, it appears the Knicks may be done making moves this off-season. That’s unfortunate news for Carmelo Anthony, who, according to the NY Post (via SB Nation), was hoping New York would try to swing a deal for Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo: “So far, the Knicks are one of a small handful of clubs who haven’t agreed to terms with an outside free agent. Boston is another one. Blame it on the new collective bargaining agreement. 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. The Knicks even were spurned by Houston small forward Francisco Garcia of The Bronx. He chose against signing with his hometown team, taking the same minimum offer from the Rockets to maintain his Bird rights — key in this new economic climate.”