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Rajon Rondo Squashes Recruited-by-Melo Rumors

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Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 11, 2013

It's the holiday season, New York Knicks fans. 

Try to keep visions of sugarplums and fairies dancing through your head. Dreams of victories would be appropriate too. Just don't expect Santa to come down the chimney and fill your stocking with a piece of paper that says "IOU Rajon Rondo."

Coal would be a more likely stocking-stuffer given the embarrassing beginning to the 2013-14 season, but that's beside the point. We're focusing on Rondo here. 

While there were previous rumors that suggested Carmelo Anthony was recruiting the Boston Celtics floor general to the Big Apple, both men involved have now vehemently denied such claims. First it was 'Melo who told ESPN New York's Ian Begley that actions like that should be considered tampering, so of course he wouldn't do such a thing. 

Now Rondo is getting into the action. 

Nov 23, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo leaves the court after defeating the Atlanta Hawks 94-87 at Philips Arena. The Celtics won 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
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Per Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globethe talented—and injured—point guard responded to claims that he was being recruited to New York by saying, “People talk, media talk, people make up rumors, people run with them. I haven’t spoken to him. He ain’t [sic] contacted me. It’s just rumors."

Exactly.

Count me among those who don't believe decisions about free agency are made this far in advance. Especially by a player whose sole focus needs to be rehabbing his torn ACL so that he can get back on the court and play basketball as soon as possible.

Plus, as B/R's D.J. Foster points out, "The chances New York can put together an appealing package for Rondo are incredibly slim, particularly as things stand right now." He suggests that New York wait until the 2015 offseason to pursue the triple-double machine. 

Point being, this recruitment news is ridiculous. At the very most, it's a pipe dream for fans, not something that's being talked about by prominent players while trying to A) turn a season around and B) rehab from a major injury.

It's time to move on, but don't worry. There will certainly be more rumors about Rondo in days to come!

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