Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks superstar, has already begun the recruiting process for good friend Rajon Rondo, who he reckons would be “perfect” in the triangle offense. According to latest NBA Rumors, Rondo will strongly consider New York as a destination come free agency.
The off-season is still four months away, but Anthony hasn’t held back from speaking on New York’s future plans. “I think Rondo – just me personally, I don’t want to be tampering — but I’ve heard he said he wouldn’t thrive in a system like this. (On the contrary) I think he’d be perfect in a system like this,” Anthony said on Tuesday.
Rondo, who signed a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings last season, is expected to test free agency once again this summer. Leading the league in assists (12 per game), Rondo has again become a sought-after free agent. It has been a quick turnaround for the guard who, after an ugly breakup with Dallas Mavericks, had significantly lost his market value. Also, his injuries didn’t help.
Rondo opposed to the triangle?
There is a theory that the triangle system doesn’t suit ball-dominant point guards. Case in point: Derek Fisher with Los Angeles Lakers and Ron Harper with Chicago Bulls – who always took a backseat to ball-dominant stars Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, respectively. Rondo, who likes to create through penetration, is the complete opposite of Fisher and Harper.
Anthony isn’t buying Rondo’s reported reluctance to play in such a system. “It is a misconception about that. Some of the keys of our offense is penetration, getting in the paint,” said the Knicks star. “Pushing the pace, transition. Creating in the paint for bigs, for yourself, everybody else. I think a point guard (like Rondo) would love that. Especially a point guard who can penetrate, create for yourself, create for others. I think it’s a perfect opportunity for him,” added Anthony.
In fact, Anthony has volunteered to be a part of the recruiting pitch for Rondo. “Put me at the head of the (meeting) table. And let’s go to work.”
With the New York Knicks still desperate for a floor general, Rondo and Mike Conley Jr. will both be interesting options. Surely, New York will get a new point guard next season.
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