While the Knicks reportedly are pursuing Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, Toronto's front office could already have the point guard's replacement on its radar. Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports that the rebuilding Celtics are dangling point guard Rajon Rondo and the Raptors are interested.
The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors reportedly are considering a scenario in which they add Rondo's upside and defensive skills for a playoff run.
Toronto is eager to up its “star” quotient and is also enamoured with Rondo’s resume, particularly his four All-Defensive team selections (two all-NBA first team). He has many backers in the organization.
The downsides to Rondo are his physical uncertainty - he has played in just 10 games this season after tearing his ACL more than a year ago - and his ability to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015.
THOMSEN: NBA trade deadline storylines to watch Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports Rondo is unlikely to be traded because the Celtics' asking price is believed to be “two unprotected first rounders” or a combination of at least one lottery pick and talented young player.