The Knicks are confident they will get the final sales pitch with their free agent Carmelo Anthony, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 1, 2014
Knicks team president Phil Jackson is looking to add a new center to the mix to make the Knicks a more enticing spot for Anthony after New York traded its big man Tyson Chandler along with point guard Raymond Felton to Dallas earlier this week. To replace Chandler’s presence on the inside, Jackson is reportedly looking toward Pau Gasol. Jackson and Gasol have a good history together, as the pair won two NBA championships with the Lakers. Much maligned for his lack of defensive effort last season, Gasol averaged 17.4 points per game for a struggling Lakers team that failed to make the postseason. Compare that to Chandler, who scored just 8.7 points per contest and was injured for a good portion of the season.
If the Knicks can somehow — and it won’t be easy — figure a way to re-sign Carmelo Anthony and snag Pau Gasol in free agency, that would be a great offseason W for Phil Jackson and company.
It won’t be easy. First things first, New York needs to focus on re-signing Melo.