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New York Knicks Receive: PF Kris Humphries (one year, $12 million), SG Courtney Lee ($three years, $16.4 million), PG Rajon Rondo (two years, $24.9 million) and SF Gerald Wallace (three years, $30.3 million).
Boston Celtics Receive: C Tyson Chandler (two years, $28.7 million), PG Kyle Lowry (one year, $6.2 million), PF Amar'e Stoudemire (two years, $45.1 million) and 2018 first-round draft pick (from New York).
Toronto Raptors Receive: PG Raymond Felton (three years, $11.4 million) and SG Iman Shumpert (three years, $8 million).
Why New York Does It: Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale. That was a lot to take in, and Knicks fans are probably a mixture of happy and sad. Me? I hate this deal for New York—I'm being honest. But if they are in fact obsessed with pursuing Rondo, it's one they have to consider.
Lee and Wallace are two terrific replacements for Shumpert. Downside is their contracts, which run through 2015-16. On the bright side, those could be dumped leading into the summer of 2015, since they're not as ridiculously priced as STAT's.
Humphries is also someone who helps the Knicks in Chandler's absence, giving the team rebounding and understated work ethic down low. Does he replace Chandler? Absolutely not. But if the Knicks want Rondo, they would have to suck it up.
Rondo guarantees 'Melo's return. He gives New York the franchise point guard it doesn't have. And he gives Dolan a reason to pump his fist and sport a maniacal smile.
Why Boston Does It: Zwerling previously reported that the Celtics would be willing to absorb the rest of Stoudemire's contract provided they were able to pawn "Crash" off on the Knicks. Well, they certainly do that here. And Lee, too.
Let's also not pretend STAT couldn't help the Celtics at this point. He's playing better on the offensive end and making back-to-back appearances. Renting him for two years (or less if they flip him next season) is a small price to pay if you're clearing the books of Crash and Lee.
Rookie head coach Brad Stevens gains an All-Star center in Chandler to work with for the next two years here as well. Toss in the inclusion of Lowry and that first-round pick, perhaps this is the combination of cap relief, talent and draft picks Danny Ainge needs to bid Rondo adieu.
Why Toronto Does It: For reasons stated previously. This is the same trade for them as before, only the Raptors are sending Lowry to Boston instead of New York.
Plus, did I mention Ujiri loves putting the screws to Dolan?