New York Knicks fans have had enough of owner James Dolan, and rightfully so, especially after this season when he not only nixed a Kyle Lowry trade, but his constant interference has become old, not to mention he sat back and watched as the Knicks did nothing at all to improve a team that severely underachieved last season.
But in addition to Lowry could the Knicks have swung a deal for Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
This comes out of nowhere, but ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith indicates they could have and it is impacting Carmelo Anthony‘s decision on whether to stay in New York or not.
Performing his due diligence, Anthony is paying attention to everything. Just as he has become more and more educated about what the Bulls, Lakers, Rockets, Clippers and others might have to offer as a future destination, he’s also paying attention to what the Knicks have to offer.
Melo knows the Knicks had a chance at LaMarcus Aldridge and blew it. He knows they snubbed a trade that would’ve brought Rajon Rondo to New York or Kyle Lowry in a separate deal. All season, he sat around, played hard and averaged 27 points per game, while the Knicks stood idly by and did nothing — primarily because Dolan wouldn’t allow them to, telling the team in multiple meetings that the players weren’t going anywhere.
And who can say matters have gotten better since he has hired Phil Jackson?
Jackson’s first move was to bring Lamar Odom on board.
I wouldn’t get too riled up about that one.
First you have to consider the source.
Aldridge was never linked to the Knicks at any point this season by anyone else and hasn’t been linked to New York at any time in seasons past so I have a hard time believing that if this were true that no one else would have picked up on it.
Then there is the fact that why would the upstart Blazers want to trade Aldridge, especially to the Knicks?
What would the Knicks have had to offer Portland that would make them want to make a deal with New York?
The answer is nothing.
So while it would have been nice to see Aldridge in a Knicks uniform, I wouldn’t get too outraged at Dolan over this one, as this was a highly unlikely scenario to begin with.
Smith makes some good points in his article about Jackson’s performance so far as team president, but he is reaching big time on the Aldridge scenario.