Although the Boston Celtics continue to tell potential trade partners that star point guard Rajon Rondo isn't available, that hasn't stopped the New York Knicks from working to put together a package for him, according to a report from USA Today's Sam Amick. The Knicks would likely have to package Amar'e Stoudemire with other players in order to lure the Celtics.
New York continues to be aggressive leading up to the Feb. 20 deadline as they try to build a team that would entice Carmelo Anthony to stay next summer, when he is a free agent. Coupled with the fact New York can offer him the most money in free agency, a big-time player like Rondo could be a tipping point as the Knicks look to keep one of the best players in the NBA.
Suns pursuing Rudy Gay in free agency
Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough hasn't been shy about the fact that his team is looking to add a major piece in exchange for young assets and/or draft picks. A surprise playoff contender, the Suns have been shopping around eagerly, and were rumored to be in the works for Pau Gasol until the Los Angeles Lakers' demands became too great.
If Phoenix can't find a trade partner in February, they may just end up waiting for July. The Suns have interest in signing Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay if he decides to opt out of his current deal, according to Sam Amick of USAToday. Gay opting out of his $19.3 million final year was a laughable prospect at the beginning of the season, but with his strong play in California bolstering his image around the league, it's become a very real possibility.
Clippers fielding offers for Jared Dudley
The Los Angeles Clippers have been taking offers for swing man Jared Dudley, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register. The former Sun and Bobcat has struggled a bit this season and isn't finding the minutes he likely deserves, as the Clippers' crowded wing rotation has slowly become healthy.
Dudley is a valuable scorer off the bench, and his $4.25 million salary should allow the Clippers to bring back someone useful in return, especially considering their current cap situation makes any moves exceedingly tough.
New Orleans actively shopping Eric Gordon
Gordon comes with a hefty salary of $14.2 million this season and $15.5 in 2014-2015, meaning moving him could prove difficult. The Suns originally signed Gordon to a deal worth $58 million in 2012, but the Pelicans (then Hornets) matched the offer in restricted free agency.
Chris Johnson signs three year deal with Boston Celtics
Danny Ainge has signed wing Chris Johnson for the remainder of the season. The Dayton product has signed a three year deal worth $322,000 for the rest of this year, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
Johnson had already signed two 10-day contracts with the Celtics this season, averaging 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and a steal during his time in Boston.