Feb 5, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Celtics defeated the Sixers 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: ‘Knicks, Raptors, Kings among ‘four or five teams’ that have been pushing hardest for Rondo’

Several teams have shown legitimate interest in Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo.

Rajon recently returned from an ACL injury that cost him almost a full calender year off of the court, but when he’s healthy, he’s a triple double machine that is fantastic at creating opportunities for his teammates, which is why so many teams value him so much.

According to Sam Amick of the USA Today, the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings are three of the teams that are after Rondo.

The New York Knicks are among the many teams pursuing the 27-year-old, and the fact Rondo missed nearly a year because of his ACL tear before returning in mid-January is apparently a non-factor for so many interested executives. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Knicks, Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings are among the “four or five teams” that have been pushing hardest for Rondo in recent days. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks.

Amick went on to say that a Rondo deal is “highly unlikely.”

Rondo is averaging 9.8 points, 7.1 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 27.2 minutes per game while appearing in 10 games since returning from his ACL injury.

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