The Rumor: According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the Knicks are dangling Iman Shumpert in trade talks and have made a proposal to the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo.
Buy or Sell: Buy the offer, sell any deal happening
Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told The Boston Globe that he "doesn't expect anyone to inquire" about Rajon Rondo, which seems to run in direct conflict with the multiple reports that have indicated the Knicks have made an offer for Rondo.
This seems to be an annual tradition for Ainge to deny any Rondo rumors, but you can't blame him for not acknowledging this proposed Knicks deal, if true.
The Knicks simply don't have the future draft picks (none available until 2018) or the young assets to acquire a player of Rondo's capabilities. Shumpert is a nice piece, but he's not enough.
The only real deal that makes sense here for Boston doesn't involve Rondo. Chris Broussard of ESPN reports that the Celtics would be interested in acquiring Amar'e Stoudemire if they could unload the long-term deals of Gerald Wallace and Courtney Lee, who have one more year on their contracts than Stoudemire.
While Lee and Wallace are decent contributors and certainly an upgrade in talent over Stoudemire, this would zap New York's cap space after the 2014-15 offseason, which could be used to chase the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love.
Remember, the ability to acquire another star in free agency is going to be a huge part of the pitch to Carmelo Anthony this offseason, so sacrificing that for two decent rotation players on an already-deep team doesn't make a ton of sense.
I'd say the salary swap is significantly more likely than the Knicks acquiring Rondo, but my guess is that New York will explore other options for moving Shumpert instead.