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The New York Knicks are always involved in plenty of trade rumors, but very few ever come to fruition.
Part of that has to do with all the media coverage and all the potential sources, but a lot of it stems from the team having unrealistic goals, like trading for Rajon Rondo, per Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
With players like Rondo and Kyle Lowry likely off the market and the Knicks lacking future draft picks to deal, upgrading at point guard is probably more of a wish than a plan at this point. Making any significant deals that forfeit future assets might be foolish anyway with Carmelo Anthony's status up in the air going forward.
While most assume Anthony will stay in New York, it's not yet known for what price and what stipulations will follow. Here's what Anthony recently told reporters about his pending free agency, as transcribed by Ian Begley of ESPN New York:
Carmelo Anthony says he is willing to accept less money to re-sign with the Knicks if it helps the team attract big-name free agents, according to published reports.
'Without a doubt,' Anthony said Friday while in New Orleans for All-Star Weekend. 'Any opportunity I have to build that up in New York, I'd do it. I told people all the time, always say, 'If it takes me taking a pay cut, I'll be the first one on [Knicks owner] Mr. [James] Dolan's steps saying take my money and let's build something strong over here.'"
The Knicks aren't catching the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers this season anyhow, so saving the assets for when the picture becomes more clear makes sense.
If there's an easy upgrade out there, the Knicks could make it, but nothing is easy when you lack movable assets. It seems more likely the Knicks will swing big, miss and ultimately wait for the offseason for any major acquisitions.
Predictions: No trade