Knicks eyeing Gasol-Melo combo

The New York Knicks are optimistic that they can resign Carmelo Anthony and president Phil Jackson is going to his old stomping ground for help. The Knicks are determined to go after Lakers free agent center Pau Gasol and pair him with Anthony (ESPN, June 28).

The Knicks don’t have salary cap room to offer Gasol other than a $4 million exception, but will go after the Spaniard regardless.

The Knicks’ belief that they can resign Anthony boils down to a connection with Jackson and money. The Knicks can offer Anthony a $129 million deal with a full max contract that other teams can’t match. If Anthony leaves without a sign and trade, his max contract is 4-years $95.9 million. Anthony also still loves playing at Madison Square Garden.


 

 




691 comments
David Rivera
David Rivera

If Melo leave 30 mil on the table, thats 30 Mil he'll never recover. His next contract will most likely be for a significant pay cut.

theking
theking

I think melo stays in new York if rose and noah were healthy then its a no brainer to go to Chicago but its to many uncertainties

saintknick
saintknick

This just in - every team in the NBA to pursue good players...

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Anyone who was modelling Lebron taking a discount in this contract will have to change their theory. 


Lebron rightly so will choose his team and take the max.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Phoenix does have about $35 million in cap space. They could sign both Melo and LeBron and team them with Dragic and Bledsoe. The would have to work a sign and trade but have lots of young talent to offer. Why not make a run at Melo and LeBron? The fan base will get pumped up and it doesn't cost a dime.

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

The only way Melo could decide right now that he is going to Chicago is if Nike promised to sweeten the pot and "augment" his earnings, so he felt comfortable taking the crumbs Chicago could offer. If that's the case I'll never buy another pair of Nikes.

ny4ever
ny4ever

one of our shooting gaurds will be traded

ny4ever
ny4ever

Did patrick young get an invite?


lobcity1
lobcity1

How much less will Bosh really take? Imo I think it's ridiculous if Bosh takes 15Mill or less. There's a market for Bosh and he could get paid. If I am Phil I'll persue Bosh bc if the Heat really want to have a better bench then they need to break up the big 3. .......Alan Hann mentioned that the people around Melo are upset that Phil wants Melo to take less, I'm pretty sure Bosh Agents feel the same way.

Find away to have Melo, Bosh and Pau.

saintknick
saintknick

which could refer to his hairline as well.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Maybe LeBron is just posturing to get Bosh, Wade, and Haslem to take bigger cuts. After they sign for less, LeBron can then take a figure that will allow Riley to sign Lowry. Then they can use the MLE and BAE.

Riley has something up his sleeve.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@BiggieTKB At this moment, lebron won't even schedule meetings with other teams. He wants to stay in Miami but wants to see what Bosh and Wade will take and if Riley will be able to put others around them. 


I think lebron should stay right in miami...bouncing to another team would be ridiculous.

saintknick
saintknick

@Knicks_Fanatic True, but on the downside, they'd have to live in a toaster oven. Its why I never buy the "I only care about winning" nonsense and appreciated Melo saying there were other considerations. Phoenix, Philly, and a few other mid-market teams would be GREAT places to go and help build because they have young talent and tons of cap space for the future so that true stars can both get paid and be surrounded by other up and coming studs. 

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Knicks_Fanatic 2014 cap is projected @ 63.2 million. Total salary on the Suns per Hoopshype is $29,441,241.00 (29.5 million rounded up) Eric Bledsoe is a restricted free agent likely looking for his first big pay day. Total is about 33.7 million. I'm reading per RealGM that Bron is looking for Max money this time out starting out in the 20 million per year area. Will Melo sing w/ the Suns for 33.7 Million? SMMFH!...

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

If you hear that he ssigned a new deal with nike after he goes to chi, then you were right.

franktkb
franktkb

Interesting. But I just don't see Lebron seriously considering offers. But you never know.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@JesusBlasTheKnickWay Also look @ their cap space. Even w/ a projected 63.2 million dollars the duet of Melo and Bron, who is reportedly seeking max money in Miami this time out, will have to split about 33 million dollars. That's about 16.5 million each. Below each can be offered elsewhere. A sign and trade w/ Bledsoe to either NY or Mia is implausible b/c both teams have revamped their guard depth and they may have to take Bledsoe back at a salary they wouldn't pay him if they are the team with his RFA/UFA rights.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Woj, is the best and most reliable in the business, but how or why would the suns make a run at Lebron, when he's working on a new deal with the heat, and Lebron won't even set up any meetings. Sounds like Lebron is staying in Miami.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@JesusBlasTheKnickWay So they will let Eric Bledsoe walk? Or will they throw him in to a sign and trade for either Lebron or Melo? What's the scoop gossip gal?

lobcity1
lobcity1

This is not happening but if other teams perusing James then why not persue Bosh?,Phil get on it!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@lobcity 

Bosh is said to be looking for a 5 year deal at $17-18 million per year. That seems like a fair value.

chudogz1
chudogz1

He better than Boobie. Way better handle, and way more heart

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Obviously as I said, they would have to work a sign and trade to get the second star. Less head shaking and more diligent reading, please.

ny4ever
ny4ever

@Knicks_Fanatic @ny4ever Shocked.besides dalemeber nobody else can rebound,9 gaurds and no size

lobcity1
lobcity1

I agree but like biggie said it won't really help them much with that contract.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Knicks_Fanatic @lobcity doesnt really help them all that much.  he needs to take under 15 for there to be real benefits.   that would be below market value..



Dallas could be a good candidate.  they have the cap space and a Bosh/Chandler/Dirk front line would be interesting.  


Bosh is a strange character.  he could do anything.

lobcity1
lobcity1

If Phil has a deal lined up to dump Stat then I will go after Bosh. The best way to recruit him is selling him the idea if him playing the post. He could play his way and not just be a shooter. Bosh will love that imo. He sacrificed his style of play for the betterment of the team but its no secret Bosh wants to play in the post......Ooh and he will play with Melo and maybe Pau. That's not farfetched at all.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@chudogz. .. he is better but Lebron is going to curtail his devpmt with his ball dominance..

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

If you mean not sinking as low as The Decision, LeBron has a low bar set to exceed.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@JesusBlasTheKnickWay @solar_lion @Knicks_Fanatic It's interesting the effect Impact free agents like Melo and STAT may have on opposing teams rosters. You wonder should the chase for such impact FAs end up empty and those teams shed useful players like green or what not to make more space, creates a nose to spite face or egg on their face outcome. It can result in teams diminishing themselves simply for a shot at James/Melo. We know how that played out for the Knicks under Dumbo Walsh. This part is surely funny.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@ny4ever 

Phil is very high on Cole Aldrich and he is on the roster. Believe it or not, on a 36 minute basis Aldrich had a projected 14.1 rebounds.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@lobcity.. Bosh is def overrated and soft.. Miami has no big 3 anymore.. it is a hobbling broken down Wade, and a fast declining Spot up shooter soft PF in bosh.. Def no need of Bosh on the Knicks

theking
theking

@BiggieTKB  doubt he goes to dallas. he cant play the three and they not gonna bench dirk or chandler

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB 

Back in 2010 they asked Bosh if he would play for the Knicks. He said he was a Texan and wanted to be able to drive his pickup truck to the games. He felt MSG would be a problem in that regard. It was a funny interview on Sirius/XM radio.


Bosh did buy a $3 million penthouse in Dallas last year.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

I truly doubt that either Melo or LeBron will even give Phoenix a second thought. My post was just to show it was possible and a good PR move for the Suns.

It's just like Phil going hard at Pau to sign for $3.2 million. That's not going to happen either, but half of TKB believes it. Propaganda works.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@theking @BiggieTKB 

It could work. Chandler only played 28 minutes for Dallas when he was there. Dirk played 32 minutes last year. Not everybody runs their players into the ground like Woody. That leaves plenty of time for a another big man. 

I doubt it happens, as Cuban will probably add Deng or Ariza at the 3 and then go after Lowry. Lowry, Ellis, Deng, Dirk, and Chandler is his plan.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Knicks_Fanatic strange bird..  a texan who went to Georgia Tech and left after a year.