New York Knicks rumors have former All-Star Arron Afflalo ready to sign. The Knicks will sign Afflalo as soon as the NBA free agency period begins if a report from CBS Sports late Monday (June 29) is correct. It seems that Carmelo Anthony was out trying to convince Afflalo to sign a deal with the Knicks and that the efforts may have paid off.
It looks as though the Knicks will offer Afflalo a three-year contract worth $36-38 million. That would be a big price to pay him in free agency, but it would certainly get the team some veteran talent. This could be the first “win” for Knicks president Phil Jackson this offseason, which is really needed after the team seemed to completely fall apart during the 2014-15 NBA season. The other target for the team now appears to be Greg Monroe, who is a free agent that might be walking away from the Detroit Pistons in free agency.
Last season, Arron Afflalo split time between the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 32.1 minutes, 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists a night. This was just one season removed from when he was averaging 18.2 points per game for the Orlando Magic. It’s possible that he could see an increase in scoring again if given the minutes in New York. That might be the case, as the team doesn’t have many players left on the active roster.
There have been a lot of New York Knicks rumors this offseason when it comes to players that might want to go play for Phil Jackson. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, former All-Star forward David West has also been rumored to have interest in heading to New York. In a possible dream scenario for Jackson, he could wind up with Greg Monroe, David West, Carmelo Anthony, Arron Afflalo, and Jose Calderon as the new starting lineup. That might take a lot of maneuvering to pull off, but they don’t call him the “Zen Master” for nothing.
It’s a bit surprising that such specific information about a team and a free agent would be released in this fashion. That the Knicks and Afflalo are already on the same page for a contract of three years in duration might raise a few questions about tampering in the free agency process. Fans might expect a few New York Knicks rumors about the team getting questions from the commissioner’s office very soon as well.
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