Free agency has barely been open half a day and already the New York Knicks appear to be being left behind.
So far the only major deals officially announced have seen players re-sign with their current employers but there are several teams lining up meetings with free agent talent in the hopes of snagging a star name.
Out the running
The Knicks, though, won't even be able to do that with a man many had seen as an ideal signing this summer after news that he has already narrowed his choice down to two teams without even talking to the NYC franchise.
In fairness to the Knicks, as well as the Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks, the Orlando Magic were first to meet with Millsap at just past midnight last night and appear to have made an offer any team, perhaps the Atlanta Hawks included, will struggle to match.
According to ESPN, the Orlando Magic put $80 million over four-years on the table to grab the attention of the 2014 All-Star - a full $2-3 million more than the Knicks were likely willing to offer.
Not even having the opportunity to discuss a move with the power forward, though, will come as a blow to the franchise as they look to make a splash in free agency.
Coming off the back of the worst season in team history, adding a player of Millsap's quality and experience coming off of a career year would have been an impressive way to start of the hectic period.
Turning attention elsewhere
With the Millsap market having quickly become a two horse race there are still several other big names the New York Knicks hope to lure (or at least get a meeting with) over the next couple of weeks.
Having already met with Greg Monroe and his people last night, San Antonio Spurs star Danny Green today admitted he "would be crazy" not to at least meet with the Knicks in the near future.
Knicks fans: Who should your team prioritize in free agency? Have your say in the comments below...
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