The New York Knicks managed to re-sign Carmelo Anthony to a five-year max contract but the work has only just begun to make the team into the contender Phil Jackson convinced Melo that it would become during his next half-decade with the team. Melo was sold on rings and his legacy with the Knicks but that’s all in the hands of Jackson now, who is betting his own legacy that he can get it done for Melo.
It would appear that the summer of 2015 is what Jackson and the Knicks are banking on as the class of players set to be elgible for free agency is incredibly strong and full of superstar talent that New York would love to get their hands on.
As Sean Deveney from The Sporting News points out, the Knicks could end up targeting players like Monta Ellis, DeAndre Jordan, Tony Parker and Kevin Love next summer, although much like 2010 and even 2014, the list of potential free agents could shrink as players begin to re-sign.
Still, relying on free agency in 2015 could be problematic. Aldridge has already said he will re-sign in Portland next summer. Gasol is unlikely to leave Memphis, provided the Grizzlies want him, and the same can be said for Parker in San Antonio. Love, too, could be off the market if he is traded to a team that can ink him to an extension.
New York won’t throw caution to the wind and go all-in on the summer of 2015, but it’s a hard class to not get excited about and with Melo back for the next five years, the Knicks will be an attractive destination thanks to Phil Jackson and what hopes to be a rebound year in 2014-15.
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