New York Knicks rumors present a new wrinkle in the Carmelo Anthony saga. These fresh New York Knicks trade rumors indicate Anthony wants Pau Gasol to potentially sign with the team as a free agent this offseason. According to a report from CBS Sports late Thursday (July 3), this could also point to the All-Star forward remaining in Madison Square Garden for many seasons to come.
The report reveals that Anthony requested the phone number of Gasol in order to discuss the possibility of joining forces for the 2014-15 NBA season. This followed his final meeting with the Knicks and could presumably point to a willingness to stay with the team if he is able to court another big name player. It's a tricky situation, though, because the team would not be able to extend much of a salary offer to any of the other key free agents on the market.
If Gasol did decide to sign with the Knicks, he would only make about $3.3 million per season. That's not even close to what he was making with the Los Angeles Lakers for years and it isn't enough half of the $10 million he had been reportedly seeking. There is also a lot of competition for his services, as teams like the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder are also looking to add another veteran that has the type of postseason experience he has put together in the league.
All of this news follows Anthony meeting with the front office of the LA Lakers. A report from ESPN stated that the franchise is willing to offer him a maximum deal of $95 million over the next few seasons. He could then team up with Kobe Bryant, but the roster is pretty bare after that due to many trades that took place last year.
While there are many other New York Knicks rumors floating around the league, the primary area of concern for the franchise is still trying to make sure that Carmelo Anthony comes back. He is currently the most sought-after player on the free agent market, so he could go to many other cities. It will all come down to whether he believes that the front office of the Knicks can put enough talent around him. Now everything is in the hands of new team president Phil Jackson.