The New York Knicks still need a lot of help. They graduated from a hopeless 17-65 last season to at least respectably solid this season by adding players like Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez in free agency last summer. Kristaps Porzingis provided an electric burst in the first half of the season, but the Knicks still find themselves undermanned.
Carmelo Anthony plans on getting more involved in the free agent recruiting process this coming summer. Anthony has made an early informal pitch to Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo, who’s on a one-year deal with the Kings and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
“I don’t want to be tampering — I’ve heard he said he wouldn’t thrive in a system like this,” Anthony said of his fellow Oak Hill Academy alum. “I think he’d be perfect in a system like this. A system like this fits a guy like that. To have the ball in their hands and be able to run the offense, I think it fits well. I don’t know who’s telling him he don’t fit.
The question of fit is always prevalent with someone like Rondo, but particularly in New York where the triangle offense is the foundation. The post-oriented offense historically doesn’t emphasize point guard play, but Anthony sees it differently.
“It is a misconception about that. Some of our keys of offense is penetration, getting in the paint, pushing the pace, transition creating in the paint for bigs. A point guard would love that. It’s a perfect opportunity.”
I for one think players like Rondo can fit and perform in any system. It’s why I knew he’d make the Sacramento Kings better right away, which he has. His IQ is strong enough to master any system and make it his, and Carmelo touched on the aspects of the triangle that do cater to a playmaking point guard.
The Knicks simply need more talent, most glaringly in the backcourt, and Carmelo Anthony will appeal to Rondo and any other worthy free agent who might consider the Knicks this summer. Only so much can be done in the NBA Draft. Carmelo plans on being an active recruiter in free agency this summer in efforts to help the Knicks take the next step quickly.