Rajon Rondo, the Sacramento Kings point guard, is almost “a lock” to sign with the New York Knicks during the forthcoming offseason, per latest NBA Rumors.
Over the last few months, Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony, interim coach Kurt Rambis and former coach Derek Fisher haven’t refrained from publicly recruiting Rondo, who is expected to be one-and-done with Sacramento.
After leaving Dallas Mavericks in excruciating circumstances, Rondo was wise enough to sign a one-year deal with the Kings, in an attempt to resurrect his public image. This season, Rondo leads the league in assists (11.9) besides averaging 11.8 points. Though the Kings are out of the playoff race, Rondo has done enough to regain the faith of GMs and owners around the league.
Last stop in topsy-turvy career?
On Sunday, Rondo said he is capable of figuring out the controversial Triangle Offense. “I’m not against anything. I’m pretty smart: I can figure out anything I need to figure out,” the former NBA champion told the New York Post.
Rondo, currently playing in his third team in less than two seasons, said he is keen to join New York and make it has last stop. “I want to make this — whatever I do — my last stop. I don’t want to keep continuing to change and go different places. I’ll take all those things into consideration.”
Earlier this month, Anthony showered praise on Rondo and asked him to consider joining him in New York. “I think a point guard would love that (the triangle offense). Especially a point guard who can penetrate, create for yourself, create for others. I think it’s a perfect opportunity for (Rondo).”
Rondo, who won a championship with Boston Celtics in 2008, has welcomed the idea of teaming up with Anthony. “We have a lot of respect for each other,” Rondo said of the Knicks superstar. “He competes every night and plays extremely hard and I think I do the same.”
Decision Time: Rondo or Conley?
For the Knicks, Rondo would definitely be an upgrade at the PG position. However, would Mike Conley Jr. be a better fit? Regardless, the Knicks won’t have enough cap room to pursue multiple free agents. Rondo would perhaps agree to a mid-level deal, compared to Conley who is seeking a max contract.
Also, Rondo is keen to make Madison Square Garden his new home. “It’s one of those arenas. That’s the biggest lights. It’s Broadway. … Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball, so it’s always great going there and perform in front of a lot of fans.”
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