Stop me if you've heard this one before—the New York Knicks have their sights set on a big-name target they don't have the assets to acquire.
Delusion isn't a state of mind for the Knicks, it's apparently their way of doing business.
The names of these targets really don't matter. They aren't Big Apple-bound now, and maybe never will be.
But for the sake of tossing a few logs on these dying fires, let's take a look at which players have caught New York's eye.
Let's assume Ainge is being a little less than truthful. That he's simply trying to drive up the price in his hobbled floor general by publicly keeping him off the market. Whatever Ainge would then be possibly be looking for—draft picks, prospects, financial relief—the Knicks don't have.
Here's where New York's genius really shines. It knows it doesn't have the pieces to bring in the assists machine. But, via ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, the Knicks have a master plan to make the impossible a reality:
It's not in free agency in 2015 but later this season or next summer when he comes back from a torn ACL. The 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.
Because if Ainge is going to be backed in a corner, then why not have his favorite player do all of the pushing?
Now, the Knicks are reportedly discussing a superstar swap with the Los Angeles Clippers.
ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reported that both the Knicks and the Clippers have held "internal discussions" about a Carmelo Anthony-Blake Griffin trade. This isn't even at the early stages of a rumor. The two sides have yet to even speak to one another.
Don't sit around waiting for that call to happen, either:
The Knicks are taking an everything-must-go approach with their roster. Because if there's any way to drive up trade value, it's to make sure every other team knows how desperate you are to make a deal.
Loyalty is a foreign concept. Logic, too.
And we wonder why a team with this much talent has a 10-22 record.
There is no participation prize for being so "active" on the trade market. Just questions that need to be answered.
Like, how is this information even getting out? Are the Knicks really that loose with their intentions? Are the higher-ups overly willing to go behind each other's backs to feed the press?
Or is this a thinly veiled ploy to draw attention away from this sinking ship? A way to keep the masses overly optimistic during a worst-case scenario present before the inevitable worst-case scenario future waiting around the bend? A way to make 'Melo think help is on the way when even he knows it isn't coming?
Whatever it is, it's not helping. Not now, not ever.
I'll just throw out an idea—how about instead of focusing on All-Stars that aren't coming, why not try to develop some of your own?
I know it sounds crazy, but that's why I suggested it. Seems like that's the only way this franchise handles its business.