Carmelo Anthony says he has held a meeting with Kevin Durant for the Knicks

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With the salary cap extending by an estimated extra $24m, free agency has some added spice to it this year.

Teams who previously either didn't stand a chance at landing a game-changing star or would have had to of shifted major pieces to make it happen suddenly have a window of opportunity.

Virtually every franchise can offer a max-contract with this fresh injection of television money and the cap is set to jump again next year even higher.

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The cap should plateau after that, but it makes the next couple of years very intriguing for players. The current trend of signing short-term deals with player options in the second year gives the stars the best chance of maximising their earning potential in the short-term.

That's more than likely what top free agent Kevin Durant will do this summer, therefore opting to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder for at least one more year.

However, KD is obviously going to do his due diligence and several reports have indicated he has sanctioned meetings with six different teams; the Golden State Warriors, the San Antonio Spurs, the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Clippers and, of course, the Thunder.

Notable absentees from that list include the massive markets of the L.A. Lakers and the New York Knicks, as well as his hometown franchise - now coached by his former mentor Scott Brooks - the Washington Wizards.

We reported yesterday that Durantula was said to be impressed with the Knicks acquisition of Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls and those rumours have been given some legs as the 2014 MVP was spotted having dinner with Carmelo Anthony in the Big Apple.

While the Knicks might not have an official meeting with Durant this summer, their franchise player Carmelo Anthony has been making his pitch regardless.

"I'm with KD now; he's right downstairs," Anthony told ESPN’s Marc Stein on Monday. “We’ve been together. We’ve been talking. I do consider myself part of the Knicks, so that meeting has already taken place.”

Let's just speculate for a second: where would KD even fit in with the Knicks? Both Anthony and Durant play the three spot and whilst you could move one of them to power forward, then what happens to the young sensation of Kristaps Porzingis?

The Latvian would then have to move to the pivot, but as you can see, there would be a lot of reshuffling just to get the best players on the court at the same time.

Still, regardless of how realistic KD to New York may or may not be, Melo couldn't hide his delight at the one already done deal the franchise has secured.

“I like that a lot,” Anthony said of the Rose trade.

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