Re: Celtics vs. Knicks
posted at 12/8/2013 9:37 AM EST
This could add a little accelerant to the fire, that is the Celtics versus Knicks rivalry!
Carmelo Anthony could be 'recruiting' Rajon Rondo to Knicks
Anthony’s former high school coach at Oak Hill Academy, Steve Smith, told USA Today on Thursday that Anthony has been actively 'recruiting' Boston point guard Rajon Rondo 'to come to New York,' a possible sign that Anthony will stay.
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Carmelo Anthony could be trying to convince Rajon Rondo to join him in New York.
Perhaps Carmelo Anthony wants to stay in New York after all.
Anthony’s former high school coach at Oak Hill Academy, Steve Smith, told USA Today on Thursday that Anthony has been actively “recruiting” Boston point guard Rajon Rondo “to come to New York,” a possible sign that Anthony, who said he will opt out of his contract after the season, is trying to add a player that would make it worth his while to remain a Knick.
Asked about his high school coach disclosing that information after Anthony scored 20 points in the Knicks’ 121-83 rout of the Magic on Friday night, Melo smiled before stiff-arming the question. “Come on,” Anthony said. “I don’t want to talk about that, man. In my book that’s tampering.”
The Daily News reported last month the Knicks were shopping Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire in a complex deal for Rondo, who will become a free agent in 2015 and is rehabbing from a torn ACL. But the Celtics were lukewarm in their response to that trade idea. The Knicks will have plenty of cap room in the summer of 2015 to make a run at a marquee player. Speculation has swirled that if the Knicks don’t contend, Anthony could bolt. But his former coach saying that Anthony is actively “recruiting” Rondo, who also played for Smith at Oak Hill, might be a good sign for the Knicks.