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Another Rondo rumor; Knicks' Plan B

Posted on: June 24, 2009 9:41 am
Edited on: June 24, 2009 6:23 pm
 
Here's your morning cup of rumors and draft buzz. One or two sugars?

* Despite Danny Ainge's semi-denials about trading Rajon Rondo, another rumor sprouted overnight -- this one in Marc Spears' blog at BostonGlobe.com. Citing an Eastern Conference GM, the Globe reported that the proposed deal was Rondo and forward Brian Scalabrine to Memphis for guard Mike Conley and swingman Rudy Gay. But the report also pointed out that another GM who asked Ainge about Rondo was told Ainge didn't want to trade him. My sense is that Ainge is simply doing his job -- extracting offers and finding out what his players are worth. But if you notice in Ainge's comments from Tuesday, he never directly denied that the organization discussed trading Rondo and Ray Allen to Detroit for Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Rodney Stuckey. He merely ridiculed the report and said he wasn't going to trade Rondo because he was late for a playoff game. OK, then ... maybe for another reason. But seriously, my assessment is that Rondo stays put. As someone with close ties to the point guard told me, "Rondo's not going anywhere."

* Having been trumped by the Timberwolves' successful bid for Washington's No. 5 pick, the Knicks reportedly have taken aim at Oklahoma City's No. 3 selection. As noted Tuesday, Donnie Walsh's target is Davidson's Stephen Curry, whom Mike D'Antoni envisions as the kind of play-maker and scorer who would ignite his spread-the-floor, pick-and-roll offense. The scenario was floated by the Racine Journal-Times, which also notes that the Bucks are planning to use the No. 10 pick on Syracuse point guard Jonny Flynn. That means veteran point guard Luke Ridnour is on his way out.

* If the Thunder keep the third pick and wind up with Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, the team's current point guard -- Russell Westbrook -- will be none too pleased. Asked by ESPN The Magazine about moving to shooting guard to allow Rubio to play the point, Westbrook's response was as follows: "You trippin'."

* Oklahoma City also is reportedly offering its 25th overall pick to Phoenix for the 14th and the unprotected 2010 pick the Suns lost in the Kurt Thomas trade two years ago. Thunder GM Sam Presti is said to be targeting Ohio State center B.J. Mullens.

* The Bucks' decision to dump salary by trading Richard Jefferson to the Spurs could affect the Cavaliers' plans to get LeBron James some help. Cavs GM Danny Ferry is said to be targeting Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva, whom Milwaukee is in a better position to re-sign without Jefferson's $29.2 million over the next two seasons. To re-sign both Villanueva and Ramon Sessions, Bucks GM John Hammond may need to move Ridnour, too.

* All you Joe Dumars bashers are about to find out that you don't criticize NBA trades until all the pieces are finalized. After buying out Fabricio Oberto (acquired from Milwaukee for Amir Johnson on Tuesday), Dumars will have $18-$20 million to spend on free agents this summer. Carlos Boozer or Hedo Turkoglu might find what Dumars has to offer rather enticing, considering the Pistons currently have only three players under contract for 2010-11. That means plenty of space to add another marquee free agent in the mother of all free-agent summers.

* As we discussed previously, Ty Lawson worked out Tuesday for the Trail Blazers, who continue to covet a point guard and are said to be angling for a higher pick -- perhaps Minnesota's fifth or sixth. Philadelphia, with the 17th pick, also is high on Lawson.

* Behind-the-scenes news here, but interesting nonetheless: Denver's Carmelo Anthony is close to joining LeBron James in the stable of super-agent Leon Rose, according to the Denver Post. Melo is leaving Bill Duffy Associates.



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Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 12:54 pm
 

Another Rondo rumor; Knicks' Plan B

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Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2009 11:28 am
 

Another Rondo rumor; Knicks' Plan B

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Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2009 5:42 pm
 

Another Rondo rumor; Knicks' Plan B

Do us all a favor and go step in front of a subway train before you inadvertantly procreate.
Awwwww, looks like someone hurt the little celtic babies feelings. Go cry a river, Scalabrine doesn't deserve to play in the NBA, he's flat out horrible. As far as Rondo, he's a 3rd string PG who got starter's minutes after Sebastian Telfair and Delonte West were traded away. Talk about a diamond in the rough.


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Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2009 5:29 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2009 5:19 pm
 

Another Rondo rumor; Knicks' Plan B

Why in the hell would Memphis give up Conley and Gay for Rondo and the red headed scum bag.

Do us all a favor and go step in front of a subway train before you inadvertantly procreate.



Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2009 3:01 pm
 

Another Rondo rumor; Knicks' Plan B

If they were willing to trade Gasol for the pile of crap they got in that deal this deal would be a big winner in comparison.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2009 2:24 pm
 

Another Rondo rumor; Knicks' Plan B

Why in the hell would Memphis give up Conley and Gay for Rondo and the red headed scum bag.


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Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2009 11:59 am
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