NBA rumors regarding the New York Knicks and their plans for the upcoming free agency period have been running rampant since Phil Jackson took over as team president. Last summer, Jackson went out and acquired good role players like Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez. According to ESPN, Carmelo Anthony wants to help out this year by recruiting some of the top players in the NBA to come join him in the Big Apple.
Some pretty interesting names will be available in free agency this summer. At the top of everyone’s list is Kevin Durant, who might be leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder. Though they play the same position, Carmelo Anthony would love to have Durant in the same lineup. Both super scorers can rotate between small forward and power forward, depending on who the New York Knicks are playing on a particular night.
Al Horford doesn’t know what his future with the Atlanta Hawks will be. Right before the NBA Trade Deadline, there were talks that the Hawks were fielding calls about moving Horford to another team before he becomes a free agent this upcoming summer. If Al doesn’t feel that Atlanta is fully committed to him, then he can take his talents to the New York Knicks, where his versatile skills set would make him a great fit in the Triangle Offense.
Last year, the New York Knicks attempted to sign DeAndre Jordan and Greg Monroe. Carmelo Anthony wasn’t around when the recruiting pitches were taking place. No word on whether or not whose decision that was. Some feel that the presence of Anthony might have encouraged one of the big name free agents to sign with the Knicks. NBA players sometimes have a tendency to trust their peers more than executives.
If Carmelo Anthony can convince Kevin Durant to join the New York Knicks, then he’s going to be beloved well after his playing days in the NBA are done. If Anthony can continue to groom Kristaps Porzingis into the next superstar and win an NBA Championship, then statues are going to be made of Carmelo. The Brooklyn native wants to be known as a brilliant entrepreneur some day, and he can boost his reputation by giving the best sales pitch of his life in free agency.
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