Melo wants Rondo to join the Knicks

Adam Zagoria

Oak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith confirmed to SNY.tv that Carmelo Anthony would like Rajon Rondo to join the Knicks.

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“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.

The NBA has rules against tampering with players under contract.


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.

31 comments
Kim Shaw
Kim Shaw

rondo, melo, love?

is it posible

Michael Milne
Michael Milne

Rondo is a playmakr, a PG who makes those around him better. If he is healthy he'd be a great addition. 


C0P0
C0P0

Here we go! Let's Go Knicks!

illmatix
illmatix

Is TKB righting the ship with livefyre...we shall see

LET'S GO KNICKS!!!

Carlos Manuel Delgado
Carlos Manuel Delgado

A line up of rondo jr melo barg Tyson mmmmm and with a bench of udrih THjr MWP Kmart and Tyler we are in business!

dullah
dullah

Just took me 30 min. to get a profile sign in and be disappointed...

How do I sign in with livefyre?

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Amare out tonight, chances of winnng just went up

rico
rico

isn't that tampering? knicks could lose a draft pick with that behavior…oh wait they don't have any draft picks...

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

So i'm all for the Rondo Trade...Amare is actually making himself Trade Savvy now, let's hope his Knees hold up

i rather keep Shump now and throw JR to Boston though

lobcity
lobcity

Rondo when healthy is the best pg in the league. Reminds me of magic. Magic knew who & when to pass the ball to players. He knew every player on his team weakness and strengths. Magic wouldn't give his Centers and Forwards the ball on a fastbreak or by the three don't matter who you were. The only way to get a pass from him if you was in a position to make a move and score. Rondo is good at that. He sets up players so good. It's s a joy to watch him. Hope we get lucky enough and get him.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

i was Knickelus Knickleby until SNY killed me..now i'm just Knickleby

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Great in 2015!! Always the knicks way wondering about 2 seasons down the line.

ds2488
ds2488

One more thing:  WIth Espn reporting that the Heat are looking to acquire another backcourt player with Wade hurting and their glut of big men, I'm wondering if we could pawn JR off on them.  Don't know how the contracts work, but know the Heat are looking to deal Joel Anthony who I think would be a good fit here.  


Just an idea, haven't really thought it through much, but it shows how bad JR is right now that I'd do that trade straight up in a heartbeat.  

tw22
tw22

If the knicks are serious about contending Rondo is the piece that is missing. Involve a third team to get a picj if possible but Felton and Stats expiring contracts are a very handsome take as well. Even if Felton's contract runs through another year, as a starter on a rebuilding team he is a good fit.

MetsKnicks
MetsKnicks

Rondo would be nice. He would get other plays so many easier shots and it would take the pressure off of Melo. That would be nice

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

I'd like to see how Rondo plays after coming back from injury.  Sometimes players are just not the same after that.

ds2488
ds2488

yeah I mean obviously this is the ideal scenario, along with some combination of Melo/Love/Kyrie.  I think pairing Melo with a great pg is the best combo.  Put a couple of a shooters around Rondo-Melo and a good P & R big man who can rebound and protect the rim (like Tyson Chandler) and you're in business.  


Rondo-Shump-Melo-Bargs-Tyson...I'd go to war with that lineup any day of the week.   

moneyball
moneyball

@ds2488  Just the kind of Knee Jerk reaction that always blows up in the knicks face. JR on the Heat would become a world beater.  Shumpert has played worse than JR.  Enjoy this win streak we're about to go on. I hope JR proves you wrong.

tw22
tw22

He'll be healthy. I underestimated his ability to play in the NBA when he came from Kentucky, that was the last time I ever underestimated Rondo about anything.

moneyball
moneyball

@nyknicks Glad you mentioned that. It's not always a guarantee you come back. Jason Kidd and Alan Houston had identical surgery. Kidd thrived and Houston's career ended. 

lobcity
lobcity

I'll take a chance. He's too good not to roll the dice on him.

lobcity
lobcity

agree to disagree.. I think Rondo is.