The Post has learned that in talks with the Celtics, their defensive small forward Jae Crowder would be a major player of interest for Knicks president Phil Jackson. In fact, Jackson lamented not trading for Crowder when he was on the table in the 2014 trade talks with the Mavericks for Tyson Chandler. Crowder is an active, gritty defender who can shoot from 3-point range.
April 25, 2017 | 11:10 pm EDT Update
Rondo took steps Tuesday night to return from a fractured right thumb and attempt to play in Game 5 of the Bulls’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, league sources told The Vertical. Around Rondo and the Bulls, there’s belief that the four-time All-Star has a chance to return but a final determination has not been made, league sources said.
Rondo received a two-week timetable to return from doctors last Friday, but one source described his desire to play as “guts and determination.” He replaced his cast with a thumb splint on Monday and shot jumpers and dribbled with both hands Tuesday.
Marc Stein: Sources say Rondo wants to play “bad” in Wednesday’s pivotal Game 5 but he may opt to wait until Game 6 depending on tomorrow’s evaluations.
Nets Daily: The game featured Shayne Whittington, a 6’10” PF, and Facundo Campazzo, a 5’10” guard. @oscardlfg of El Correo Gallegos reported it first.