The first day of NBA Free Agency has come and gone and it was breath-taking with the amount of teams signing players to big money contracts.
Frenzied Free Agency
Kevin Love, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis made themselves very rich men by signing deals worth over $100M to stay at their current teams for the long term, while Goran Dragic, Draymond Green and Jimmy Butler all got very close to breaking three figures themselves.
The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers came in to free agency looking to make a huge splash in trying to land a real All-Star to help turn their fortunes around. They both failed, miserably.
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Knicks and Lakers Struggling
The Lakers completely struck out in their interview with LaMarcus Aldridge, the former Portland Trail Blazers big annoyed that the Lakers pitch to him failed to focus on the court, with L.A's poor roster being so obvious that the Lakers apparently tried to just ignore it altogether.
But at least they managed to get a visit. Phil Jackson and the Knicks haven't gotten anywhere close to something like that yet with a real All-Star. In fact, the Knicks are now getting rejected by players who haven't been an All-Star for over five years.
We reported earlier in the week that it was a foregone conclusion that David West would be joining the Knicks when free agency opened. But it seems that isn't the case anymore.
West went on record yesterday that he would absolutely not be joining a terrible Knicks team that has no chance whatsoever of being a legitimate NBA title contender come the post-season.
“At this point in my career, it’s all about winning, and again, I don’t want to be in a position where we’re just fighting to make the playoffs, I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the finals,” West said.
West is 35-years old now and just doesn't care about the money any more after rejecting $12.6m to stay with the Indiana Pacers last year. West wants to win a Championship for the first time in his career and the two-time All-Star wants to play for a contender rather than a team like the Knicks who are probably going to be a lottery team once again.
The question is, where will David West end up? The Clippers, Warriors and Raptors all seem to be in the fold right now.