NBA Rumors: Knicks Interested In Rajon Rondo To Serve In Mentor Role

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The New York Knicks are looking for a mentor to show rookie point guard Frank Ntilkina the way.

So, naturally, they’re looking at Rajon Rondo, according to a report.

The Knicks have reached out to a handful of veteran free agent point guards, including Rondo, as they continue their search for someone to mentor Ntilikina, the No. 8 overall pick in last month’s NBA draft, ESPN.com’s Ian Begley reported Wednesday.

Rondo certainly would be an interesting player for the Knicks to acquire. There’s no denying the 31-year-old was one of the best distributors in the NBA during his prime with the Boston Celtics, and the Kentucky product showed a few flashes of brilliance in a brief playoff cameo for the Chicago Bulls this year before missing the rest of the first-round series, an eventual loss to Boston.

But Rondo’s mercurial ways also make him a somewhat questionable player to target, especially if “mentor” is the role he’s intended to play. Rondo has clashed with head coaches in the past, both in Boston with Doc Rivers and more infamously with the Rick Carlisle in Dallas.

The Knicks aren’t the only team interested in Rondo’s services, as the Los Angeles Lakers also reportedly have their eye on the veteran to serve a similar role in Los Angeles mentoring No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball.

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