Knicks rejected by long-time free agency target as conflicting excuses surface

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The New York Knicks were hoping to make splash in free agency but at this rate they are at serious risk on not even getting their toes wet.

They might have signed Arron Afflalo to a two-year deal earlier today but the past 24 hours or so since free agency officially opened have already seen a number of setbacks.

Another rejection

And, following hot on the heels of Paul Millsap not even opting to meet with the franchise, New York have now seen another big name target turn them down - this time after a meeting between the two parties had taken place.


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In search of a center the Knicks jumped to the front of the queue for Detroit Pistons star Greg Monroe when they met with the player and his representatives just after midnight on Tuesday.

That meeting clearly didn't go as planned, though, with Adrian Wojnarowski revealing that Monroe is set to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks instead.

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Losing out on a man they had targeted for months is another blow for Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher - both of whom having been in the Washington meeting with Monroe.

And with Danny Green and DeMarre Carroll both having been taken off the market yesterday, too, the Knicks are having to look at Plan G and H never mind Plan B as they attempt to boost an ailing roster.

Why no NYC?

There are conflicting reports as to exactly what the New York Knicks put on the table to tempt Greg Monroe.

Some are suggesting that the Knicks lost out after having chosen against offering the 25-year-old the max deal he is set to sign with the Bucks. Others though, such as Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, claim the Knicks went all out for one of their top targets.

Indeed several reports simply argue that Monroe chose Milwaukee over New York City because the former are more playoff ready at this stage.

That logic is becoming a frustratingly common theme for the Knicks so far and fans will be crossing their fingers for more positive news to come otherwise a further step towards irrelevance could be on the horizon.

Knicks fans: Why are so many players turning down a chance to play in New York? Have your say in the comments below...

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