NBA Rumors: New York Knicks Targeting Rajon Rondo This Summer

Nicholas Sciria

After a disappointing season in which the New York Knicks won only 32 games, the team will certainly look to bolster their roster this summer. Over this past season, the point guard position was a disaster for the Knicks. Because of this, free agent Rajon Rondo is a likely target for New York.

Behind Calderon, Jerian Grant was not given much of a chance in his rookie season. Despite the lack of options on New York's roster, Grant started only six games and averaged only 12.1 points and 5.0 assists per 36 minutes. His efficiency was abysmal, as he shot 52.1 percent mark from within feet of the basket according to Basketball-Reference. Overall, he shot 39.4 percent from the field, a definite cause for concern for the Knicks.

Now, with a hole at the point guard position that must be addressed, New York will look to free agency this summer to explore their best options. Of course, Rondo makes sense for the Knicks, especially if New York focuses on him early in free agency.

According to SportsNet New York, newly hired head coach Jeff Hornacek is expecting his team to make a push to upgrade the backcourt this summer.

"I think the backcourt probably needs a little bit of work. You have a young point guard Jerian [Grant] and an older point guard in Jose [Calderon]. We talked about if we can get a little bit older, maybe a 28-year-old guy that's got maybe some more juice to push the ball down the court. Jose does a nice job of throwing it ahead. But if someone can break guys down and Jerian might get to that point in another year or two and he's working on the game."

Ultimately, New York will have to upgrade their roster this summer to please Carmelo Anthony, who is already 32 years old. Anthony may be getting disgruntled with the Knicks, given the state of the organization and his dwindling timetable. However, Rondo has the skills to change Anthony's feelings and keep him content in New York. Rondo, who was No. 3 in the NBA in assist percentage this past season according to Basketball-Reference, certainly boasts the passing ability that would make it easier for Anthony to score. Over the past two seasons, Anthony's true shooting percentage has dropped, and Rondo's ability to create open jumpers with his penetration skills and court vision could help revive his efficiency. In the end, the Knicks will likely sign a free agent point guard this summer, and Rondo is a plausible option for New York.

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