The New York Knicks have targeted Jeremy Lin and Rajon Rondo this summer to bolster their offense under new coach Jeff Hornacek, according to multiple sources.
The Knicks requires two veteran guards to fit in new head coach Jeff Hornacek’s style of offense. With Hornacek, The Knicks are going to bury Phil Jackson’s triangle offense.
“Point guard becomes more important in a traditional offensive system versus the triangle,” one league executive said, according to the New York Post. “Frankly, though, they need upgrades all over the board, but especially the 2-guard position.”
Jackson’s triangle offense has been the key to 11 NBA titles, but experts feel that the strategy has become obsolete which forced the Knicks‘ president to adopt a more contemporary strategy to make the team a serious title contender for the next season’s league.
A point guard himself, Jeff Hornacek applies a more traditional offensive system in which the role of point guards become increasingly important. Many league analysts consider Hornacek as a magnet for the point guards in free agency. The new coach’s offensive system makes Sacramento Kings’ Rondo and Charlotte Hornets’ Lin likely candidates for the Knicks‘ this summer.
Other elite point guards like Mike Conley may also consider the Knicks as a possible destination in this offseason. Jackson’s change of minding regarding the on-court strategy also shows that the legendary coach possesses the patience to hear his new coach’s gameplan as his triangle offense has been discarded.
But Jackson is also rumored to leave the Knicks‘ post to land in Lakers, to join his fiancee and franchise’s part-owner Jeanie Buss’ front office. Considering the bad blood between the Zen Master and Jeanie’s brother Jim, such a possibility is unlikely.
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