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NBA Rumors: With Hornacek coming in, Knicks to pursue Jeremy Lin, Rajon Rondo, Mike Conley in free agency

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Apr 8, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Hornacek will look for quality point guards once he takes charge as the New York Knicks’ head coach. Knicks’ president Phil Jackson’s triangle offense will be buried as Hornacek has a different vision of the offense. With his appointment as the new Knicks’ boss on the cards, Jackson and company are going to pursue guys like Rajon Rondo, Mike Conley or Jeremy Lin.

Hornacek applies a much more traditional offensive system. And free agent guards like Rondo, Lin or Conley may consider the Knicks as a lucrative option.

“Point guard becomes more important in a traditional offensive system versus the triangle,’’ one league executive told the New York Post. “Frankly, though, they need upgrades all over the board, [but] especially the 2-guard position.’’

Hornacek is considered as a free agent-magnet for point guards. And elite guards of the league now may look at the Knicks as a possible destination. Sources reveal that the former Suns’ coach had a terrific connection with Goran Dragic. Jackson’s triangle system didn’t attract the guards of the NBA, as their natural game was molded and diminished.

“If I’m a top point guard and a free agent, I’m not going to want to be playing in that triangle,” Former Knicks guard Chauncey Billups explained. “A point guard needs more pick-and-roll, more freedom. It’s going to be restrictive to my play.’’

So, Jackson will now have to pursue free agent point guards. He earlier refused to go after guards in March.

“Chasing a point guard, where it becomes just an obsession, isn’t necessary,’’ Jackson said. “We can play the game without that.”

But Jeff Hornacek has changed the equation. All free agent guards will now prefer to have a session with Jackson before July 1.

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