The New York Knicks are seeking a trade that would flip guard Iman Shumpert for Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, the New York Daily News' Frank Isola reported Sunday.
Isola reported that Rondo is the Knicks' "primary target" in any deal involving Shumpert, whom they are looking to dump. On Monday, Celtics president Danny Ainge denied that he had discussed trading Rondo to any other team.
From Isola's report:
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 Amare Stoudemire in a complicated deal for Rondo but the rebuilding Celtics [have] yet to show much interest.
Unless the Celtics are blown away with an offer it's hard to imagine Celtics GM Danny Ainge trading his best player, Rondo, to the rival Knicks. When Isiah Thomas was in charge of the Knicks he tried for months to acquire Kevin Garnett from Minnesota only to have then Timberwolves GM Kevin McHale trade Garnett to Ainge, McHale's former Celtics teammate.
Isola also reported that Shumpert had a second left knee operation last summer — an operation the Knicks never made public. Back in September, Isola detailed that the Knicks also did not disclose that Amare Stoudemire underwent knee surgery this past summer.
According to Isola, the "feeling around the league" is that the Knicks will deal Shumpert soon. Other possible reported trade scenarios involve the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings. Shumpert is averaging 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season.