Carmelo Anthony is still on his own free agency tour, but he asked for fellow free agent Pau Gasol’s phone number on Friday with the intention of recruiting him to the Knicks (Wojnarowski, July 3).
Gasol, 33, is seen as most likely to land in Chicago or Oklahoma City. However, while Gasol is seeking $10 million annually, he may be willing to take the $5.3 million midlevel exception if the right circumstance presents itself.
While Anthony has had meetings with the Bulls, Rockets, and Lakers, the Knicks are confident they’ll be able to hang on to him. That confidence, according to Wojnarowski, has been buoyed by Anthony’s reported interested in recruiting Gasol to New York.