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Knicks way behind in Gasol pursuit

The Knicks have not been eliminated in their pursuit of Pau Gasol, but they trail three, maybe four, teams.

New York is behind Chicago, Oklahoma City, Lakers and Spurs, according to reporter Ken Berger (CBS, July 8).

Carmelo Anthony is still on his own free agency tour, but he asked for fellow free agent Gasol’s phone number with the intention of recruiting him to the Knicks (Wojnarowski, July 3).

“If the Lakers get Carmelo, Pau will stay,” said a person familiar with Gasol’s thinking (Los Angeles Times, July 3).

Sam Spiegelman

I think this Gasol deal is conditional. Based on the reports, Gasol is very much tuned in to whatever Carmelo Anthony decides. All indicators are Gasol could stay in Los Angeles if ‘Melo chooses the Lakers, but would also consider New York, given Anthony’s presence and the familiarity factor with Phil Jackson.

One wildcard I see in this situation is the Spurs. The defending champs can offer a chance to be a parting a NBA championship contender, giving Gasol another ring or two before he contemplates retirement.  I also would not rule out Miami if LeBron returns and Chris Bosh joins the Rockets.




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1harris1
1harris1

New Thread!  TKB is reporting that Melo wants to play for the Knicks with LeBron!

knickfan2
knickfan2

TKB, sincere question here:

What is your beef with Kevin Love? Last season, he averaged 26 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists. Love has a mid-range jumper, three point range, a decent post up game, and a mean streak. Yet, TKB acts like this guy is "David Lee 2.0"...*someone on here actually said that.*

It's like, if you mention Kevin Love's name, some belligerent, vulgar, vocabulary lacking person(s) will respond by saying, "stfu you delusional moron...Love is not better than Melo...he's never been to the friggin' playoffs, he's not an alpha male, etc."

I'm thinking first of all, no one has ever said that...and second, act like in a weak eastern conference, Kevin Love wouldn't beast out next to Melo as a second option.

This question/rant was for lindro88. He asked the same thing pretty much.

harlemmade
harlemmade

Just 'Take your ball and go home'

#crybabies

harlemmade
harlemmade

This whole waiting game BS is another reason the 'team up' thing is super Rudy G*y...

Everyone waiting for everyone else to have a set of stones to say what theyre going to do because "I wanna play with so and so..."

Sounds like a schoolyard lunchtime full court game.

#bunchofsissies

madskills
madskills

My sources tell me that next season LeBron is going to play 20 games with the Knicks, 20 games with the Heat, 20 games with the Cavs, 10 with the Suns, 12 with the Lakers and the playoffs with the Heat. 

rgm891
rgm891

The calm before the storm. 

knickfan2
knickfan2

I've been off the radar for a couple of hours. What's the latest buzz?

madskills
madskills

LeBron has grown men turning into groupies right now.

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

What's the Hornets situation right now cap wise? No more McCroberts. Why wouldn't they want to rent STAT? It would be a big name and improvement for them.

Marvel_
Marvel_

I really am just waiting for the notifications on my phone to just start going off like crazy...but it simply won't happen...like wtf


" In what seems like precursor of things the come, the Knicks announce that (in separate trade) they have agreed in principal to trade both Amare and Bargs along with young assets"


THEN


BOOOOOM!


JOY


Speculation


JOY


END RESULT...


GREATNESS !!!!!!!


more Joy!

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

LBJ, Kyrie, and Wiggins>LBJ, Kyrie, Love

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

ILol @ the people believing the hype...lol..Melo is staying...w or w/out Lebron ...go to sleep..lol.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

If some of you don't see what Melo is trying to do, I can't help you.  He's looking for the cleanest out possible and is using the spectacle of Lebron to get it. He also knows that he cannot logically swing LA as an alternative and PJ won't dance with Chicago on a S&T.  So to leave for crippled LA, using Lebron is his only option.

Melo says he wants to win but there are other ways to win that do NOT include the name Lebron James.  However, that is the only name he is floating that he wants to play with in NY.  So when Phil ultimately fails in getting Lebron, Melo can say all the usual crap about roster, chance to win, yada yada,

Actually he's kinda smart but is showing himself to be ultra weak.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@knickfan2 Many times K Love was discussed as a replacement for Melo.  Thus, the backlash followed.   More times than not it wasn't presented as Love being a compliment to Melo.  


On the flip side.  the argument is, if ppl obliterated Melo for being a one-dimensional player then Love should be torched bc he's a horrible defender.  

edb7777
edb7777

@knickfan2 I often got the same response so I stopped mentioning his name.  Taking the rebounding load off Melo's shoulders alone would be worthwhile.  Love is also a pretty good floor spacer and can play in the post and finish.  I understand he isn't an good defender but there are guys out there with Kmart like skill sets that can protect the rim even if they aren't elite rebounders.  I think you pair those two up with a skinny guy that can block shots and you should do just fine.  Add in a strong wing defender and I'd take my chances. 

solar_lion
solar_lion

@madskills More like free agency's got that effect. Hate this time of year. Will be glad when the chips fall were they may.

lindro88
lindro88

McBob is a nice pickup for Miami if Lebron stays.

lindro88
lindro88

Why does Love get knocked so much. All he does is put up 25 and 15 every night. He's solid night after night, and he's young.

bblessed
bblessed

Where do u come up with this stuff? I'm sure you've spoken to melo or his reps directly and they told u this ehh?

manchu
manchu

@orlando_knickfan 

Ok so youre saying hes goin to LA if he doesn't get Bron on the Knicks? Thats like shooting himself in the face to do a little cosmetic surgery.... makes no sense at all. Lakers don't even have a coach and hes trying to leverage himself away from the guy who coached said team to its last championship? If that's his play hes welcome to it, but don't call it smart.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Who is floating? Him?, or some story in the NY post? Lol...its snowing in NY right now....

knickfan2
knickfan2

@Mel Brown Love can't replace Melo. If that was the argument, then I understand. But, as a second option to Melo...he would possibly be the best team mate Melo has had in his career (maybe only behind Billups).

A lot of this stuff spewed on this site is quite comical.

knickfan2
knickfan2

@edb7777 last season, Cole Aldrich had an 11 point, 14 rebound average per 36 minutes.

Aldrich, Love, & Melo would *EASILY* be the best front court in the league.

I sincerely am not understanding why Love is so despised on this particular forum. For the life of me, I can't figure that out.

knickfan2
knickfan2

@thatsagoodpoint hahahahahahaha!

lindro88
lindro88

Plus he's due for a major injury. Counting on Amare is not good planning.

bkyguy78
bkyguy78

Please. STAT can still entertain a crowd, especially running the P&R with Kemba and MKG. And it would only be for the remainder of his contract. What other FA are going to go there willingly?

knickfan2
knickfan2

@lindro88 that's the burning question.

edb7777
edb7777

They hated Aldrich too.