The New York Knicks always seem to be linked with every big player that’s expected to hit free agency.
They’ve been mentioned as a possible spot for LeBron James after the 2014 season, and now they’ve been thrown into the mix as a possible landing team for Kevin Love, who’s slated to hit the open market once the 2015 season is over.
But that doesn’t mean that actually targeting him is the brightest idea.
As things stand now, the Knicks have no chance to do anything with their roster because they have almost $87 million of their payroll in only four players: Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudamire, Tyson Chandler and newcomer Andrea Bargnani. Things get heavier the following season as the same group will chunk $91.2 million of the team’s budget.
Those four deals, however, end after the 2015 season, and even though the Knicks are expected to re-sign Anthony, they should have a lot of money left to lure one or even two big name free agents. But what if Kevin Love is unwilling to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves?
The Timberwolves finally look like a team that can reach the playoffs this season, and with Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio locked up Love would be wise to stay with a team that’s slated to keep improving. The Timberwolves might even be a winning franchise by then, and nobody knows what would happen with the Knicks as they could even go into a rebuilding stage if things go south these next two years.
Nobody says the Knicks shouldn’t target Kevin Love and they might even push for him once he hits the free agency on 2015. But it’s foolish to start thinking about the possibility of seeing Love at the Madison Square Garden on a daily basis when there are still two years left for him to become eligible — if he ever does.