The 2015 free agency period is nearly upon us and it is expected to be a very, very busy time for the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson and his front office companions have roughly $28 million to spend on free agents. In the lead up to this hectic period rumors have been a plenty.
Here’s a roundup of the rumors making the rounds;
David West Coming Home?
New Jersey native and Pacers forward, David West, is reportedly very likely to join the Knickerbockers. West, now with twelve years under his best, opted out of the final year of his contract with Indiana worth $12.6 million. The 34-year-old said he’d like to be apart of a new situation and he new before he opted out that New York was where he wanted to be. West knows he will not get the same sum of money as he did with the Pacers.
Greg Monroe Likely to Find Himself in New York?
Pistons Forward / Center Greg Monroe has been linked with the orange and blue for quite some time now, well over a year actually. Monroe took Detroit’s qualifying offer last summer making him an unrestricted free agent this summer. ‘Moose’ will meet with five teams, none of which are the Pistons, and he’ll meet with the Knicks as soon as free agency begins. Monroe is said to be seeking a maximum contract.
Jordan to Cross the Country?
Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan will become an unrestricted free agent in just over a day. There are reports that there is an ongoing rift between Jordan and Clippers’ guard Chris Paul which is the reason for Jordan’s interest in multiple teams. The NBA’s rebounding leader for the past season will meet with the Knickerbockers on Wednesday in Los Angeles and New York’s pitch to Jordan, according to CBS Sports, is that he’ll be the second scoring option. The Mavericks and Clippers are front runners.
Carmelo Anthony and Arron Afflalo Reunion?
Blazers guard, Arron Afflalo, opted out of the final year of his contract making him an unrestricted free agent. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports the Knicks are front runners to sign Afflalo come free agency. The report states that the deal is in the three-year / $36-38 million range. Anthony and Afflalo were teammates and good friends in Denver.
Knicks to Meet with Danny Green, Wesley Matthews
The Knickerbockers have reportedly scheduled meetings with free agent guards Danny Green and Wesley Matthews. New York are said to be meeting with Green, a New York native, early in the process whilst there has only been an agreement with Matthews, no set date just year. Prior reports stated that the un-drafted Matthews is seeking around $15 million per year.
Lamarcus Aldridge Linked with Knicks
Lamarcus Aldridge is “99.9% gone from Portland” according to ESPN. Reports say that the Spurs and Mavericks are at the top of the All-Star’s list with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers as dark horse contenders to land his services. Many months ago there were rumors that there was mutual interest between the two parties. Aldridge is after and will get a max deal. In conjunction with meeting DeAndre Jordan in Los Angles that’s where the Knicks will meet with Aldridge.
Knicks to Heavily Pursue Carroll
Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll becomes an unrestricted free agent shortly. Toward the end of the season there were rumblings Carroll would love to play for New York under Derek Fisher. After an unbelievable playoff run Carroll’s asking price and stock has risen to be in the wheelhouse of $12 million per year. According to ESPN and RealGM New York are expected to make a hard push for the Swingman.
Marc Gasol Out of the Question?
According to the New York Post, Phil Jackson and the Knickerbockers long ago gave up hope of securing the services of Marc Gasol. Gasol is expected to remain in Memphis.
Butler, Aminu to Meet with Knicks
The Knicks are set to meet with veteran forwards Caron Butler and Al-Farouq Aminu. Both players are attracting interest from several other teams and New York are said to be long shots.
Lin Coming Back to Where it Began?
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders the Knickerbockers may pursue free agent point guard, and former Knick, Jeremy Lin. The Harvard graduate secured his previous three-year deal worth $24 million after the rise of ‘Linsanity’ whilst playing for New York in the 2011-12 season.
Tobias Harris Out of the Picture?
Orlando Magic restricted free agent, Tobias Harris, said in the past that he would love to join his home town New York Knicks and help them win a championship. The New York native is drawing interest from the Celtics, Pistons, Lakers, Knicks and Magic, of course, but Harris himself is seeking a max contract from Detroit or Boston. $15 million a year seems excessive for a player who’s an injury-prone one-trick pony.
Knicks Want to Bring Back Smith, Shved
Phil Jackson has made it clear that he’d like to bring back both players to be contributors off the bench next season. Jackson is unsure if Smith will be willing to settle for the $1.4 million veterans minimum and is debating whether or not to go over that quota. Shved on the other hand has a qualifying offer worth close to $4 million and it seems as though the Knicks aren’t willing to spend that much on him. After the season ended Shved told the media he’d like to return to the Big Apple.
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