At the height of his Boston Celtics tenure, Rajon Rondo was a coveted guard around the NBA that just about any franchise would have been desperate to acquire.
As one of the last true dime-dishers, Rondo is a throwback compared to the laser-shooting of Stephen Curry and the dynamic Russell Westbrook that are lighting up the league today.
However, the 30-year-old's stock declined somewhat after he struggled to return from an ACL injury towards the end of his Celtics run and his subsequent ill-fated spell with the Dallas Mavericks.
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With the Sacramento Kings, Rondo has rediscovered his playmaking best and currently leads the league for assists with 11.8 a night.
Heading into free agency this summer, his form will no doubt attract a lot of lucrative attention, especially with the teams predicted extra cap space in light of the new TV deal.
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Nine-time NBA All-Star and New York Knicks cornerstone Carmelo Anthony has already expressed his interest in bringing Rondo aboard over the summer.
Rondo was originally quoted as saying he didn't believe the patented triangle offence made famous by Phil Jackson - now-president of the Knicks - would suit his type of game.
However, Anthony clearly sees things differently.
“I think he’d [Rondo] be perfect in a system like this [trinagle offence]," Anthony said. "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."
In light of the star forward's comments, Rondo appears to have had a change of heart. Ahead of the Kings' 88-80 victory over the Knicks on Sunday, Rondo explained his sudden open mind and his ability to adapt to anything.
“I had a comment earlier about it, but if I put my mind at it, I think I can be good at anything,” Rondo told The New York Post.
“The Lakers have proven you can have success. Even go back to the old Bulls. I think it's about personnel and it's about having the right guys. You need guys with a high IQ, who really know the game well to break down film and become great at it.”
Rondo, who was an NBA champion with the Celtics back in 2008, also spoke about the affinity he has for the admiring Anthony.
“We have a lot of respect for each other,” Rondo said of Anthony. “He competes every night and plays extremely hard and I think I do the same.”
The Kings point managed six assists in the victory over the Knicks and he gave the fans a nice insight into how special an attraction playing in the Big Apple can be.
“Our players, we walked in, and there’s just something about this place [Madison Square Garden] that people love to perform.
“I want to make this — whatever I do — my last stop.”