Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
No team this summer will get more attention for having the most money to wheel and deal with in the free agent market then the New York Knicks. All season long all the attention that the Knicks have been getting hasn’t been about how horrible this season has been, but the prospects of what could happen this summer and if they can convince LeBron James to sign with them.
Even though it might be somewhat of a stretch to believe that LeBron James would leave the best team in the NBA for arguably one of the worst in the New York Knicks, money does talk in the mix will have plenty of it as they will be able to afford to pay LeBron James and another big name free agent like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire or Joe Johnson.
Despite getting questions constantly about his future, LeBron has been very tightlipped about what his plans are which leads many people to believe that arguably the best player in the NBA could end up anywhere.
The most likely destination for LeBron James is simply staying put the Cleveland Cavaliers as they have brought in the pieces to become legitimate title contenders for the least the next few years like Antawn Jamison and Shaquille O’Neal. Even though the Cavs will most likely convince LeBron to sign a contract extension, the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks would do everything within their power to bring LeBron to their team and a much bigger market.
One interesting thing about the New York Knicks is that they will have the most money to spend on free agents this summer which means they will be able to bring in another big name free agent and a few other players at a lesser price like Allen Iverson or Tracy McGrady.
As of right now, Allen Iverson has a stretch because of all his off the court troubles and obviously the ego to boot, but with Tracy McGrady currently being on the team in already getting his feet wet New York, there is a good possibility that we could see LeBron James and Tracy McGrady combination on the Knicks.
So the potential of having LeBron James, Tracy McGrady and another big name free agent like Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire is a strong possibility. Just those three players or combination of three players would turn the New York Knicks into one of the best teams in the league instantly somewhat similar to the Boston Celtics and they brought in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to play alongside Paul Pierce.
Obviously something big is can happen this summer with many teams doing all they can to upgrade, but the New York Knicks are definitely a team to keep your eye on as they will almost certainly convince one of the big names this summer to come to the Big Apple and put on the Knicks jersey.
Who? Remains to be seen.