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Nets figure to become pretty interesting again in February

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Cousins' triple-double not enough vs. Nets (1:03)

DeMarcus Cousins posts a triple-double but the Nets come away with the win 128-119. (1:03)

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets are in need of a point guard, Rajon Rondo is going to be a free agent this summer, so naturally it makes sense to wonder whether the two parties are right for each other.

Rondo has had a resurgent season for the Sacramento Kings, averaging an NBA-best 11.7 assists per game, although the advanced stats suggest his team is 3.2 points per 100 possessions better defensively when he’s on the bench.

Anyway, Rondo, who likes it in Sacramento, was asked about what will factor into his upcoming decision.

“[The] coach. And style of play. The biggest thing for me is the style of play,” he replied before the Kings were destroyed by the Nets, surrendering 18 3-pointers and 55.8 percent shooting in a 128-119 loss. “I wouldn’t want to go to a system where I don’t really have the ball in my hands and they have you stand in the corner and shoot 3s. That’s not my style of play. … The style of play is the biggest thing, and then obviously personnel on the court and coaches.”

At this point, it doesn’t appear he’s going to join the crosstown rival New York Knicks, who are in need of a point guard themselves.

“The triangle’s not really a good look for me, I don’t think,” Rondo said.

Either way, free agency seems pretty far away.

And the Nets have more pressing concerns in the here and now.

Next week certainly figures to be interesting, as rookie Chris McCullough, who turned 21 on Friday, is expected to make his NBA debut as early as Monday against Denver.

Of course, with the Nuggets coming into town, their assistant general, Arturas Karnisovas, should be with them -- naturally leading us to wonder whether he will interview for Brooklyn’s general manager vacancy while he’s here. Denver also plays New York on Sunday at MSG.

And by the way, Washington is at the Garden on Tuesday, so it’s easy to link a potential interview with its assistant GM, Tommy Sheppard, as well. The other known candidates who should receive interviews include Bryan Colangelo, Gersson Rosas and Billy King’s boy Danny Ferry (although that would be a misstep).

Will Brooklyn, which is being methodical in its search, have someone in place by the All-Star Game?

In the meantime, we get a sense that Dmitry Razumov is running the show and King still is very much plugged in, which isn’t comforting. King has been fond of Brandon Jennings in the past, but wouldn’t the Nets be best served waiting until the summer instead of acquiring him now -- unless they can get the impending free agent on the cheap in a trade? Wouldn’t it be smart, with no permanent GM in place, to be patient, preserve cap space and go into free agency with a strong combination of decision-makers at the top of the organization?

It sure seems that way, but these are the Nets we’re talking about.

The team will open its $50 million training facility on Feb. 17. The trade deadline is the following day. And we’ll probably get some clarity on when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will be returning -- whether it’s then or closer to the beginning of March -- at some point in the near future.

March 1 is the buyout deadline, and Joe Johnson did just post 27 points and 11 assists on Friday night …

For now we wait, wondering whether the Nets will get it right.