The New York Knicks are in the NBA trade rumors news, but then again, when aren't they? The team is apparently still looking for a game-changing acquisition to change this nightmarish season into a dream.
I've got the latest on this quest.
In addition to that, there's news out of Milwaukee that may or not receive a thumbs up from Larry Sanders fans.
Check out the latest buzz in the wild world of NBA trade talk.
Rajon Rondo to the New York Knicks Rumors Won't Die
As crazy as it seems, the Boston Celtics' injured star point guard is still rumored to be on the Knicks' radar. According to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, the Knicks are hoping Rondo forces a trade to Gotham City. Windhorst writes:
The Knicks' first prong is to try to attract the Celtics' Rajon Rondo. They [Knicks] are hoping Rondo will be interested in making a maneuver similar to what Anthony did back in 2011 and eventually try to force a trade to the Knicks, sources said.
Desperate times apparently call for desperate rumors and concepts. In the words of Hall of Famer and failed Knicks general manager Isiah Thomas: "It's so crazy, it just might work."
When a team has resorted to hoping a player strong arms his way out of town, things have sunk to a new low. The Knicks don't have the assets to acquire Rondo straight up, so they have to hope the C's are forced to take scraps, because Rondo is so enamored with the Knicks' woeful situation that he won't settle for any other landing spot.
Kyle Lowry is No Longer Being Pursued by the Knicks
How did the Rondo rumors resurface? Perhaps they came about because the Knicks are reportedly no longer chasing the Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry.
Per Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, the Raptors wanted a first-round pick, and the Knicks aren't willing to offer that.
More on the dead trade talks front: Source says attempts to revive Lowry-to-Knicks died a few days ago. NY won't part w/ 1st-rd pick— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) December 23, 2013
Seems like New York is fishing for a team willing to part with a high-caliber player for little to nothing in return.
Good luck with that.
Larry Sanders Could Be Available
Per Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Milwaukee Bucks still like their injured shot-blocker extraordinaire but would be willing to part with him for the right deal.
The Bucks like him and aren't in a rush to move him. He's 6-foot-11 and a talented shot-blocker. But the consensus among league executives is the Bucks would move Sanders if calls were placed -- especially if a draft pick of some sort was involved.
Sanders is currently missing time due to an injured thumb. When he's healthy, he's proven himself to be one of the league's best rim defenders. During the 2012-13 season, he had his best year as a professional.
He averaged career highs in every statistical category and probably deserved to win Most Improved Player over the Indiana Pacers Paul George. Obviously, George is a better overall player, but I could argue he was already solid in 2011-12.
Sanders' year came out of nowhere and showed more growth.
In any case, he may be continuing that growth with another team if the Bucks get an acceptable offer.
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