For the New York Knicks, keeping ahold of Carmelo Anthony will be the their top priority this offseason. In order to do that, the Knicks will have to prove that they are capable of recruiting championship level players like Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.
One such player on the Knicks recruitment radar could be Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Love is a free agent at the end of the season and has been widely linked with a move to Los Angeles, where he played college basketball for UCLA.
But could New York join the hunt for the star forward? The New York Post today has ventured forward the idea that Tyson Chandler could be used as a bargaining chip in a possible trade later this year.
The Knicks are supposedly in a good place at the trade deadline this year with the expiring contracts of Chandler, Amar'e Stoudamire and Andrea Bargnani. If Minnesota are really resigned to losing Love this summer they may be desperate to acquire any assets that they possibly can and may even go for Chandler at the deadline to save face.
Chandler, like most Knicks has been disappointing this season averaging just 8.9 points per game. That number is his lowest in three years with the Knicks.
Love, by contrast is recording career highs in scoring (26.6), assists (4.1) and two-point field goal percentage (50%).
Whether the Knicks can score Love this summer remains to be seen and they will certainly not be the only team in the running for the All-Star.