It’s only six games into the 2013-14 season, but the New York Knicks are already looking into the future.
The Knicks are already looking ahead to two years from now when they will have all kinds of cap room (if they don’t screw it up) and apparently have their eyes already set on what promises to be a free agent class filled with stars.
Their top choice you ask?
Minnesota’s Kevin Love.
I speculated last week when the Wolves visited the Garden that Love may be the player the Knicks chase and according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks have devised a 2015 offseason strategy that includes making a strong push for the power forward:
Almost assuredly, Love will exercise his early termination option in two years and take a strong look at where the free-agent landscape stands with the T’wolves. He could re-sign a longer, richer deal with Minnesota, or chase big-market platforms in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and perhaps elsewhere.
The Knicks are buried in salary-cap hell through 2014, awaiting Amar’e Stoudemire ($23.4 million), Tyson Chandler ($14.3 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($12 million) to expire. The Knicks are sold on Love in 2015, sources tell Yahoo Sports, and they’ve already begun devising a strategy to lure him when the time comes.
The strategy makes sense. The Knicks are struggling through six games so it makes perfect sense to quit trying to figure out how to improve the current team and focus on two years from now.
And what kind of strategy do they really need to lure Love?
They will have next to no money on the books and will be able to offer him, or any other free agent, a max deal. There’s no strategy involved there. It comes down to finally being able to offer a star money, plain and simple. I don’t think they need to spend the next 15 months or so sitting in board rooms trying to figure out how to do that.
I’m a big fan of Love’s, but this has two things written all over.
First of all, it’s the usual Knicks promise of big free agents in the future that they rarely deliver.
Secondly it could be a ploy to keep Carmelo Anthony in town as the organization needs to let him know they will target marquee players.
But none of this makes any sense.
Of course they will target marquee players. They basically told Anthony they will let him pick his own team.
Secondly, the Knicks have plenty of issues now that need resolved. Who really cares about 2015 right now when you sit at 2-4 and have lost three straight home games?
I’m all for bringing in players such as Love in 2015, but that shouldn’t be the team’s concern right now. They are still two offseason’s away from being able to court a player such as Love or anyone else.
Worry about the problems in the room first and then let 2015 take care of itself when it gets here.
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