Sam SpiegelmanKnicks president Phil Jackson and newly acquired point guard Jose Calderon are recruiting Pau Gasol to sign with the Knicks, according to the New York Post.
Per the report, the pair is trying to sell Gasol on playing with Carmelo Anthony, continuing to be in the triangle offense and the proximity of the United Nations.
Of course, Jackson has not heard from Anthony, who’s decision may be delayed as long as LeBron James remains mum on his own future. But all along, both ‘Melo and Gasol have shown an interest in playing together.
Calderon plays with Gasol on the Spanish national team, and has been texting his friend about the idea of playing together in New York.
Gasol would have to accept less money to play in New York, but Jackson told reporters during the team’s summer-league practice Thursday that Gasol would be willing to do so in order to play for a winner.
“[Gasol] knows what he has here and what is possible,’’ Jackson said. “He’d like to play with Carmelo and like to play with a winner. We can’t guarantee that, but with him we can guarantee a much better chance.’’
The Knicks could further benefit from adding Gasol at power forward. No person is better suited to recruit his brother, Marc Gasol, when he hits the free-agent market next summer. In addition, the Knicks could have a void at power forward if they ship Amar’e Stoudemire off to Philadelphia.