Rajon Rondo is positive entering the 2016 free agency, claiming that he is 100% healthy and that he’s hopeful of getting a lucrative deal this summer. NBA rumors has Rondo linked to the New York Knicks earlier in the offseason and it looks like a match made in heaven as the Big Apple team is looking for a starting point guard to run the team next season.
“I envision a great summer. Hopefully I can sign me another deal and get another job. If I get another job, why wouldn’t it be exciting?” Rondo said via Boston Globe as he also talked about his experience with his last year’s team, the Sacramento Kings.
“Obviously it didn’t go the way we wanted it as an exit [missing the playoffs] but I was able to bounce back, I believe. I am very healthy. I’ve been working extremely hard on my body and my game. I’m 30 years old and I feel great.”
Although the Kings struggled with Rondo at the starting PG spot, the 30-year-old still had a great year by leading the league in assists per game, at 11.7. Rondo also improved his scoring averaging 11.9 points per game, compared to previous seasons, while shooting 36.5% from the field, a career-high for a player whose scoring has been criticized ever since he entered the league.
Rondo played for the Dallas Mavericks in 2014-2015 after playing with the Celtics from 2006 to 2014. However, he struggled in Dallas and was involved in a lot of NBA rumors about his attitude with teammates and coaches.
Rondo admitted that injuries played a part in his struggles the past few seasons.
“But this year in particular I was able to have a full camp and a full summer without any injuries and going into the season, the transition was smooth. This is the best I’ve felt in my career,” Rondo added.
At New York, Rondo will immediately start at the point guard spot under new head coach Jeff Hornacek, who is known to maximize his PGs in his system with the Phoenix Suns.
When NBA free agency officially opens July 1, Rondo will be among the top players in the market and from the point guard position. NBA rumors will expectedly link him to teams without a starting point guard like the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.
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