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Triangle makes Knicks unlikely free-agency fit for Rajon Rondo

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NEW YORK -- If you're a New York Knicks fan hoping to land Rajon Rondo in free agency, you can all but cross the point guard off of your wish list.

Rondo told reporters in Brooklyn on Friday he probably won’t be interested in signing with the Knicks this summer.

“The triangle’s not really a good look for me, I don’t think,” Rondo said of the Knicks' offensive system after his Sacramento Kings lost to the Nets at the Barclays Center.

That’s probably not the kind of message the Knicks want to hear five months ahead of free agency from one of the top point guards set to hit the market.

New York will have at least $19 million in cap space this summer and might pursue a point guard.

It’s unclear whether the Knicks hoped to land Rondo, but his comments on the triangle are instructive.

In Chicago and Los Angeles, Phil Jackson’s triangle offenses didn’t feature a ball-dominant point guard. The offense isn't as pick-and-roll-heavy as other NBA offenses, so it's not a huge surprise that Rondo would express misgivings about it.

Will other top point guards have the same attitude as Rondo toward the Knicks' offense?

Mike Conley certainly didn’t seem put off by the triangle when speaking with reporters Friday ahead of his Memphis Grizzlies' 91-85 victory over the Knicks.

Asked if he’d consider signing with the Knicks this summer, Conley said, “I think everything will be on the table when that time comes. I haven’t committed to anything.”

A cynic would say Conley was simply keeping his options open with a view toward upcoming negotiations. But if he was being truthful Friday, the Knicks might have a chance to land the veteran guard.

Of course, when talking about any top-tier free agents, it’s worth noting that the Knicks will probably need to shed some salary to sign a player to a max contract.

(Here is a breakdown of the Knicks’ 2016 cap space and how they can create enough room for a max deal.)

New York also could choose to wait the summer out and pursue a point guard in the free-agent class of 2017, when guards such as Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul could be available.

Or the club could try to obtain a point guard via trade prior to the Feb. 18 deadline.

New York has reached out to Atlanta to gauge the Hawks' interest in trading Jeff Teague, according to league sources. But the Knicks have yet to put together a package to entice the Hawks, sources say.