Report: Knicks will pursue LeBron James in free agency after hiring David Fizdale

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According to widespread reports, the New York Knicks have finally ended their long search for a new head coach as they've agreed terms with David Fizdale. 

The Knicks beat off competition from multiple teams to land the former Memphis Grizzlies coach and are hoping that he'll be the man that helps them build for an exciting future with a young roster. 

Now that they've landed their man, the franchise will switch its attention to the summer where they'll focus on the draft and potentially landing some top free agents. 

Reports in the New York Post claim that the hiring of Fizdale will see them pursue the biggest name on the open market this offseason; LeBron James. 

The pair worked together for four years and won two championships together with the Miami Heat while Fiz was an assistant to Erik Spoelstra.

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LeBron has always maintained a close relationship with the 43-year-old and publicly criticised the Grizzlies for firing him earlier this season. 

The Knicks will hope that Fizdale's close ties with the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar will at least land them a meeting so they can attempt to woo him.

There's no telling whether James will leave the Cavs this summer but there are a host of teams queuing up to prize him away from Ohio. 

The 33-year-old is still the best and most dominant player in the league and has been playing arguably the best basketball of his career in his 15th year. 

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It's no surprise that New York would want him on their books as almost every team in the NBA would do whatever it takes to land him. 

But in order to even have a chance at getting the King, the Knicks would have to make changes to their roster to make room for him. 

They would have to get a number of players off their books to create a max contract slot for him and do a lot of manoeuvring. For the best player in the world that would be worth the hassle. 

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The Knicks, however, will have to compete with the likes of the Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers or even the Houston Rockets to secure the services of the four-time MVP. 

There's no doubt that at this stage of his career, James is only focused on winning championships and the chances of that happening in the Big Apple are extremely slim. 

The presence of Fizdale would help slightly but fans in NY should not get their hopes up about seeing the three-time champion in a Knicks uniform. 

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