With the New York Knicks, they always have their eyes on what they can do next instead of what they can do now.
With all eyes now on the summer of 2015, the Knicks could become options for one or two of the NBA’s top players, including a familiar face.
Golden State Warriors forward David Lee reportedly has his eye on the Knicks cap situation for 2016, the summer Lee will become a free agent, a person familiar with his thinking tells Marc Berman of The New York Post.
Lee says he has no hard feelings over the Knicks letting him walk as a free agent while they pursued LeBron James in 2010.
“What happened, happened. I don’t look back with any negative thoughts on my career in New York. I wish we could have won more games,” says Lee. ”But we had a lot of changing pieces that were traded away for that ultimate push for the free-agency year. My only regret is we didn’t win more, but I love the city and loved my time here.”
Lee, an All-Star with the Knicks, was dealt to the Warriors after New York signed Amar’e Stoudemire. While Stoudemire has been notoriously banged up, Lee has thrived in Golden State.
In 2010, the Knicks allowed Lee to sign with Golden State in a sign-and-trade and the Knicks got back three scrubs in Rony Turiaf, Kelanne Azubuike and Anthony Randolph.
While it would be nice to see Lee back in blue and orange and it is nice to see his interest, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Judging by experience, the Knicks front office can screw a lot up by 2016.
Then there is the fact that if Carmelo Anthony is re-signed after this season, Lee and Anthony basically play the same position as ‘Melo has often indicated he doesn’t want to move back to the 3 on a permanent basis.
It’s sad that we have to look so far ahead for some potential good news regarding this Knicks team, but some things will likely never change.