Adam ZagoriaOak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith confirmed to SNY.tv that Carmelo Anthony would like Rajon Rondo to join the Knicks.
“You get a player the caliber of Rajon I think he would make them [the Knicks] a lot better,” Smith, who coached both players, told SNY.tv Friday evening. “He’s a consummate point guard. He makes everybody around them better. He would obviously add to any team he played on.”
In an interview with USA Today’s Jason Jordan, Smith said Anthony is recruiting the Celtics point guard to join him in New York, implying that Anthony intends on re-signing with the Knicks instead of leaving for the Lakers or elsewhere. He has said he will opt out after this season.
“He took a long time off and he’s rehabbed the right way,” Smith told Jordan of Rondo. “Whether he stays in Boston or not who knows. I know, talking to Melo , he’s recruiting Rajon to come to New York. Melo thinks he’ll come, too. You never know about that stuff though. I think either way, Rajon will be fine.”
The Daily News previously reported that the Knicks were looking at a deal involving Rondo for Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire. Celtics president Danny Ainge recently said he hasn’t “talked to any teams about Rajon Rondo.”
Rondo is signed through next season, and the Knicks have little in the way of draft picks to offer the Celtics in exchange.
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Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.