The New York Knicks have had a pretty solid offseason so far. Their new-look roster is - on paper - a lot stronger than their team of 2015/16 and boasts a number of household names following the arrivals of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah from Chicago.
However, Carmelo Anthony, who will be relishing the new additions having missed out on playoff action in the previous three seasons, admitted it could have been even better for the Big Apple franchise.
In one of the biggest free agency periods in recent history, Dwyane Wade's decision to leave the Miami Heat after 13 years still came as a shock. Melo admitted at a USAB event in Las Vegas that the Knicks had a 'chance' at signing him, and would have been in a better position had news of his desire to move come out sooner.
“We would have had to pull a rabbit out of a hat,” Anthony admitted. “If it was two days earlier, we probably would have had D-Wade.”
Shooting guard was a position New York needed to strengthen. The addition of Courtney Lee is seen as a shrewd signing by Phil Jackson and the front office, but D-Wade would've been better.
Salary cap space may have been an issue for the Knicks considering they already had three All-Stars committed. However, there would've been extreme financial rewards in recruiting a player of his calibre.
Upon joining the Bulls, Wade said his hometown franchise was the only place he could've imagined playing outside of South Beach, but the chance to link up with one of his closest friends while playing in the Garden would have been hard to resist.
A team consisting of Rose, Wade and Melo may have been instant championship-winning quality in 2011, but in 2016 it does not hold the same pull. Although, it would've been incredibly entertaining to watch.