Despite Carmelo Anthony opting out of his contract that would have paid him $23.3 million next season, the New York Knicks still believe they have a realistic shot at bringing him back. And apparently, that is only the beginning of what the Knicks are planning to do. Word has it that team president Phil Jackson plans on signing Pau Gasol, his center who helped him win a couple of more championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The first thing New York must do is do everything in their power to re-sign Anthony. That means leaving everything on the table and not holding anything back in the recruiting process.
“It’s a big question because there are so many things that can happen out there,” Jackson said, according to ESPN. “We really don’t know. With LeBron getting in this free agency … we don’t know what all that means. But we have every confidence that Carmelo is good for what his word is, that he wants to be in New York, he likes playing in New York, he wants to compete, he wants to be part of a playoff team that is competitive toward a championship.”
Winning championships is exactly what Anthony wants. In fact, it’s the only thing he cares about at this point in time. Unfortunately, the Knicks don’t exactly have the necessarily pieces in place to do that anytime soon. Sure, Jackson being placed in the front office certainly helps the cause, but that still doesn’t affect what happens on the court on a game-to-game basis.
As far as Gasol is concerned, I would be shocked if he doesn’t sign with the Knicks in the offseason. Not only does New York really want to make him a part of the family, but also reuniting with Jackson will be a big deal for him. The center will have to take a pay cut, but that shouldn’t be a deal breaker by any means. Gasol just wants to play somewhere he can be appreciated while remaining in a competitive environment.