Heading into the New York Knicks latest embarrassment at the hands of the rebuilding Boston Celtics on Sunday, there was a lot of conversation about Carmelo Anthony potentially recruiting Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo to the Big Apple when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Judging by how Sunday went and how the 2013-14 season has gone to date, maybe it should be the other way around and Rondo should be recruiting Melo to Boston.
However there have been some whispers about Melo trying to sell the idea of New York to Rondo in recent days.
Rondo can’t become a free agent until the summer of 2015 and is still recovering from a torn ACL, but the Knicks will have plenty of cap room that summer (if they don’t screw it up) and according to Rondo’s high school coach, the recruiting process has already begun.
According to Oak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith, who tells USA Today’s Jason Jordan that Anthony is trying to woo Rondo to New York.
That alone could be a sign that Melo does want to re-sign with the Knicks, but with each embarrassing loss after another, that becomes less of a possibility.
The Knicks tried to make a deal for Rondo last month, but reportedly made a laughable offer that included Iman Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire. With no first-round picks to deal until 2018, along with a lack of trade assets, a trade for Rondo is out of the question.
It’s without question that the Knicks have to improve from the likes of Raymond Felton at the point and Rondo will be one of the most sought after free agents in 2015, assuming he returns to his previous form when he does return to the floor.
Whether Anthony is still in blue-and-orange by then may be the bigger story, but I would expect the Knicks to pursue Rondo hard when the time comes.
Unfortunately for them, they will have to wait two years as there is unlikely to be any kind of fix to their current problems until then.