The New York Knicks recently traded C Tyson Chandler—sending him back to the Dallas Mavericks in a six-player deal.
And the team may fill the void left by Chandler in free agency, as new team president Phil Jackson is looking to reunite with his former Los Angeles Lakers C Pau Gasol, according to a report published by ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.
Gasol could help replace Chandler and provide the team with a veteran presence in the paint, if he’s willing to sign on the cheap. The Knicks are reportedly limited to allocating less than $4 million to him for next season.
The report also cites that the team is confident it can retain Carmelo Anthony, after both he and Jackson had a meeting earlier in the week. It’s hard to know what to make of the recent news, especially after Anthony opted out of his $23.3 million option. He’ll likely be getting offers from the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls or Miami Heat—and all have better supporting casts than the Knicks. And the 30-year-old wants to win a championship sooner than later, and that will surely be factored into his decision.
The Knicks can offer Anthony a max deal, but the other teams will provide him with a better chance of winning a title. And regarding Gasol, will he take a pay cut to reunite with Jackson? The free agent market opens in just a few days, and things are really heating up.