Trade Rumor: Houston, New York Interested In Rondo

Forget mo' money, mo' problems. Seems like one of the themes of the season will be that the more often the Celtics lose, the more often we'll hear Rondo's name floated in terrible trade rumors.

From the New York Daily News' Frank Isola:

Of course, the Knicks primary target is Rondo, Boston's All Star point guard who is currently recovering from knee surgery. The Knicks have been trying to trade Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire in a complicated deal for Rondo but the rebuilding Celtics has yet to show much interest.

Rumor makes sense. The New York Knicks are interested in a young point guard that could elevate the team's play and keep their potential franchise player Carmelo Anthony happy, and the Celtics don't want to do it because, ya know, that's a pretty freaking awful trade for them.

Isola continues with trade winds from Houston

A similar scenario could unfold in the coming weeks and months with the Rockets amenable to trading unhappy back-up center Omer Asik. Houston could enhance its championship credentials by adding Rondo to a lineup that includes Dwight Howard, James Harden and Chandler Parsons. In return, the Celtics may have interest in both the 7-foot Asik and Jeremy Lin, the point guard and Harvard graduate. McHale is now Houston's head coach and Rockets GM Daryl Morey started his career in the Celtics front office.

What makes this a little different is that not only does it not really make any sense for Boston, but it also kind of doesn't make sense for Houston; James Harden really needs the ball to be an effective basketball player. Lord knows he's not being made max money for his defense. So with that in mind, why pair him with Rondo? A player who absolutely needs the ball in his hands to be effective. Me-thinks there's not much to this one either.

It's worth stating that Frank Isola is a very good basketball reporter. And to give him the benefit of the doubt; he's probably merely reporting what he hears form his sources and not what he thinks will actually happen.

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