Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) guards Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: New York Knicks Hope To Lure LeBron James This Summer

 

If he so chooses, LeBron James can become a free agent after this season — and any team with any significant amount of salary cap space will be on line one, two, three, four and so on and so on.

He’ll be a wanted man.

And there’s one team that is already planning for such situation — the New York Knicks.

Of course.

But it’s a little different this time, than it was in 2010. It’s going to be a bit tougher to pry LeBron from his incumbent squad. After all, it was Pat Riley and the Miami Heat that gave LeBron’s his first two, and possibly three (depending on how the rest of this season goes), rings.

Maybe this is Phil Jackson‘s first big move in New York? It’d make quite the statement, and when you look at the Knicks roster, it’s not that bad. I guess?

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It’s hard to see the Knicks putting themselves in position to contend year in and year out by the summer of 2015.

If they re-sign Carmelo Anthony, maybe they can sell James on a tandem of he and Anthony (and a first-round pick, J.R. SmithTim Hardaway Jr., Iman Shumpert) being surrounded by accomplished veterans willing to accept veteran’s minimum contracts.

If you’re James, would you be interested in that situation?

Would a lineup of Shumpert, Melo, LeBron, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler work? Bring J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. off the bench, and that’s not a bad start. Not at all.

Then again, why would LeBron leave South Beach?

 

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