Carmelo Anthony would like to have a word with anyone who suggests Rajon Rondo wouldn’t be a good fit with the New York Knicks.
Anthony has been in the headlines as of late for his somewhat disgruntled role with the floundering Knicks, who now sit 13th in the Eastern Conference. But remember, this is still the same Anthony who worked as the franchise’s biggest recruiter last summer while trying to persuade big names such as LaMarcus Aldridge to join him on the team.
It seems like the current Sacramento Kings point guard is Anthony’s main target this year, which makes sense after the Knicks spent the trade deadline flirting with the idea of bringing on someone such as Jeff Teague.
New York decided to wait until free agency instead, which will have the team on the hunt for a guy like Rondo, a guy Anthony says is actually a perfect fit for the triangle offense, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post:
I don’t want to be tampering — I’ve heard he said he wouldn’t thrive in a system like this. I think he’d be perfect in a system like this. A system like this fits a guy like that. To have the ball in their hands and be able to run the offense, I think it fits well. I don’t know who’s telling him he don’t fit.
It is a misconception about that. Some of our keys of offense is penetration, getting in the paint, pushing the pace, transition creating in the paint for bigs. A point guard would love that. It’s a perfect opportunity.
Many will debate whether Rondo would fit well in the offense, but few would argue he’s not a clear upgrade over Jose Calderon and others the Knicks currently trot out.
Rondo might be 30 years old, but he’s undergoing a career renaissance of sorts with the Kings, averaging a double-double at 11.9 points and 12.0 assists per game. Sprinkle in the 6.2 rebounds for good measure.
Interestingly enough, Rondo might be in a situation he doesn’t want to leave. His numbers continue to flourish while playing with Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. Joining a bigger market like New York sounds attractive, but swapping Cousins for a still-developing Kristaps Porzingis might not seem like the best idea.
It might come down to how Rondo himself feels about the offense, though Anthony’s recruiting job would certainly play a role.
No matter how Rondo wants to handle his future, New York will stay on the market for a new point guard. Plenty of guys will hit the pool this summer, though if Rondo stands as Anthony’s top choice, he’ll be the guy the team pursues the hardest. Landing whom Anthony wants is one way to squash some of the trade rumblings and prevent a split.
Rondo running a pick-and-roll attack with Porzingis and dishing to Anthony, who has become more of a pass-first player himself as of late, certainly holds appeal and might help entice others into joining the Knicks.
New York has a budding rebuilding plan based on the musings of Phil Jackson. Once again, though, Anthony will have to work overtime to convince free agents New York is the place they want to join.