The New York Knicks biggest priority in this off-season was ensuring that All-Star free agent Carmelo Anthony remained in the Big Apple for the 2014/15 season and beyond.
Now that Phil Jackson has managed to sew up the future of the small forward, he and the rest of the Knicks organization can focus on looking forward and bringing in the players that can see them reach the top of the Eastern Conference after years as small fry.
And a player that could potentially be a big part of the new look New York Knicks is Memphis Grizzlies star center Marc Gasol.
The Knicks had hopes of making some bigger moves this year but will instead let the big contracts of Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani run down at the end of next season in order to free up space to make moves,
Ian Begley of ESPN noted that despite Knicks’ president Jackson wanting to spend his cap room on multiple players, they may wind up making a giant offer to Gasol, who will be an unrestricted free agent from the Grizzlies.
Money for Moves
"So what does Jackson have to work with?
The Knicks could have $18 million to spend in free agency in the summer of 2015. That may be enough to land a max player, such as Marc Gasol.
But Jackson said last month that the Knicks may instead look to sign multiple players with their cap space."
Carmelo needs better players around him if there is any hope for an upheaval of fortunes in New York. Anthony cannot take the offensive burden for large stretches like he had to for parts of last season. Gasol would be a very good start.
Gasol averaged 14.6 points a game last year, to go along with 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 blocks. The Spaniard shot 47.3% from the field in the 59 games he starred in 2013/14.