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Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo deny recruitment rumors

Dec 12, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

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Rajon Rondo’s high school coach said Carmelo Anthony was recruiting Rondo, a 2015 free agent, to New York. As Kurt wrote, those types of conversations happen all the time.

Of course, nobody publicly admits to them while they’re ongoing (except Chandler Parsons, who bragged about recruiting Dwight Howard to the Rockets).

Anthony, via Ian Begley and Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com:

“C’mon, man. In my book, that’s tampering,” he said.

Rondo, via Baxter Holmes of boston.com:

“People talk, media talk, people make up rumors, people run with them,” Rondo said after the Celtics’ shootaround Tuesday before they played the Brooklyn Nets.

“I haven’t spoken to him. He ain’t contacted me. It’s just rumors.”

What else are they supposed to say? I don’t put much stock into answers that are the only reasonable response to a question.

Maybe Melo and Rondo have talked about teaming up. Maybe they haven’t. But those quotes don’t tell me anything.

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No matter what Melo and Rondo say, this rumor seems viable, though.

As long as the Knicks don’t blow their flexibility – OK, maybe it’s not viable – they should have nearly enough cap room in 2015 to sign Rondo even after re-signing Melo. As we saw last season, and reinforced by the lack of it this year, Melo’s Knicks function much better with ball movement. Rondo would definitely help there, and he’d be a big defensive upgrade.

And as much as Danny Ainge says the Celtics are committed to building around Rondo, nobody really believes it. Even if Ainge is actually committed to a Rondo-centric rebuild, the point guard can be mercurial, and a down year or two could make his relationship with the Celtics untenable.

So, keep the idea of Rondo to the Knicks in the back of your mind. Just don’t ask Rondo or Melo about it. They’ve already said all they will.

  1. stephenolszewski - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I’m stunned

  2. chargerdillon - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I can believe nobody has contacted either one of these guys. Both are mental midgets on the court. Having skills is one thing, having a winners mentality not to cause stupid fouls or argue with the refs like Rondo does, to Melo yelling at his players on the court about how he needs help and can’t do it alone.

    What TEAM (keyword team) is going to benefit from these me-first players?

    Rondo actually has some skills a team would want, what has Melo done differently in NY than he did in Denver?

  3. martysbetter - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I don’t really understand why its so far-fetched that Ainge would like to rebuild around Rondo – why wouldn’t you rebuild around a guy that has a proven track record of making every player around him better?

    Wouldn’t that be a great piece to anchor a lineup that would presumably be full of young and aspiring talent?

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Thank you. Everyone assumes he can’t do it without Pierce and KG but we’ve never seen if he can.

    • cruzan80 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Who exactly did Rondo ever make “better”??? I’m sorry but I think KG & Ray Allen were well on their way to the HOF before they got to Boston & remind me again what Boston’s record was with Pierce & Rondo before KG & Ray Allen got to town??? A great anchor around young talent he is not. He’s a 27 year old PG coming off an ACL injury who has a record of butting heads with teammates & coaches. Externally talented? Yes. Building block for a young inexperienced head coach & team….no. If Ainge is smart he’ll trade him now before anyone can see what he looks like post surgery. If you’ve been paying attention to around the league…..that ain’t exactly something to look forward too.

      • martysbetter - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        You mean the one season he was on the team before KG/Allen where Rondo only started 25 games as a rookie and Pierce only played 47 due to injury?

        How are KG/Pierce doing without Rondo making plays on their team this year?

        Ever think maybe he made them look better than they were in the twilight of their careers?

        Everyone knows he’s a piss poor shot, he’s not going to carry the team offensively from that perspective – you’re seriously underrating his playmaking abilities.

        There isn’t a team in the NBA (apart from those with other elite level PGs) that wouldn’t want Rondo running things out there.

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Well Pierce and KG are older now but for many yrs, Rondo was surrounded by a younger Pierce, KG and Ray Allen.

      It was those three who made Rondo look good. He got assists due to those guys.

      Look at Rondo’s shooting stats, true shooting percentage etc… He can’t shoot and now he no longer has three wily, savvy veterans surrounding him.

      When he comes back, he’ll put too much on his shoulders, shoot more (never a good thing when one can’t shoot) and he’ll struggle.

      Then comments will come out about he’s learning his new teammates and coach etc… and it will take a while.

      The kid thinks he’s much better than he is.

      Back to shooting. A point guard and that is what he is, and he shoots .621% for his career from the free throw line. I hope you all know how bad that is. He’s never been above .647% and he’s had TWO seasons where he shot BELOW 60% from the free throw line.

      Steve Nash free throw percentage .904% (tied for highest all time ever)
      Chris Paul free throw percentage .858%
      D Rose free throw percentage .815%
      Kyrie Irving free throw percentage .849%
      Deron Williams free throw percentage .818%

      How does a supposed top flight pro point guard who is only 6′ 1″ and 170 something pounds brick free throws?

  4. 00maltliquor - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    chargerdillon, fellow Laker brethren…Rondo a mental midget? Look, I hate the Celtics too man but c’mon. C’mon.

    Rondo to the Lakers 2015!! He’s exactly what I want. A great pass first/defensive PG who can turn it the bleep up in the playoffs and has a burning passion for kicking (butt) and taking names and winning is the only option. He’s the Kobe-kind-of-A-hole I want!

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