BOSTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- According to reports, general manager Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics may have decided what they want in exchange for point guard Rajon Rondo in advance of the upcoming NBA trade deadline.
Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports that the asking price for Rondo is two unprotected first-round draft picks.
"This is the big week in the NBA when Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Greg Monroe, Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo are not likely to be traded,” Smith wrote. “But with the trading deadline Thursday, there could be some new addresses for the likes of Evan Turner, Jarrett Jack, Udonis Haslem and Emeka Okafor’s luggage…The asking price if you can get Rondo is said to be two unprotected first rounders.”
Grantland's Zach Lowe then added this on Twitter on Monday afternoon:
Rondo is under contract through the end of next season but could leave Boston as an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
There have been rumors for some time that the New York Knicks are interested in Rondo, but it appears unlikely that they would be able to acquire him because of their dearth of talents and picks.
"This is typical New York Knicks mentality that because they're the big bad New York knocks they can get anything and everything they want," said Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely. "We got through this every single year where they're talking about this guy wants to go to New York, or New York can get this guy. Not going to happen. If he's going to be traded it is not going to be to the New York Knicks because they have literally nothing that the Celtics want."
Blakely indicated a week ago that it’s unlikely Rondo will be moved.
"It's going to have to be a Brooklyn Nets-type of deal, one that is just too irresistible to pass up," Blakely said. "It's going to have to be better than that deal. It's going to have to include some type of young, talented up-and-coming player, probably is going to have to involve multiple first round picks, they're probably going to have to be unprotected, it has to be one of those deals that Danny Ainge looks at and says, 'There's no way I can turn this deal down.'"