In an interview with USA Today, Oak Hill Academy Boys Basketball coach Steve Smith spoke about numerous topics including Rajon Rondo’s return from an ACL tear. While he is confident that the four-time All-Star will continue to play well, Smith revealed that two of his former players have been in communication about possibly playing together in the near future.
According to Smith, Carmelo Anthony has been recruiting Rondo to come to New York and believes it will eventually happen:
“No, I think he should be fine. He took a long time off and he’s rehabbed the right way. 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.”
About a month ago, rumors began to surface that the Knicks were offering Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton, and Amar’e Stoudemire in a deal centered around Rondo. However, the Celtics were not interested in trading their All-Star point guard, but were reportedly willing to trade Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace for Stoudemire.
With the Celtics not wanting to trade their players within the same division, New York will likely have to wait until the 2015 off-season when Rondo becomes an unrestricted free agent. However, it is encouraging news for the Knicks as it appears Anthony is going to re-sign and try to build a championship contender in New York.