The Knicks are rumored to pursue quite a few ball players this off-season but, I'm going to give you a list of 6 or 7 of the most sought-after players. And I will ONLY give you informantion on players that are at least posible Knicks (I won't be writing about Kobe, let's put it that way). Well, as the ads for the NBA playoffs say: LET'S GET IT STARTED!!!
Mehmet Okur: This guy is a real possibility for the Knicks. He has wanted out of Detroit for a while now. Several Newspapers have said that Isiah is willing to pick up Okur at all costs. However, there is some real substance to the rumor that the Los Angeles Lakers may offer Okur a much bigger contract if they lose Kobe to the broad free-agent market. The fight for Okur will include the Knicks, (possibly) Golden State, (possibly) Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and others. The favorites are the Lakers because many people believe that Kobe will land in Atlanta, Denver (I know about the court...), Phoenix or even.....NEW YORK!!! If I had to guess I'd say that Kobe will land in Phoenix and that the Lakers will pick up Okur.
Rasheed Wallace: You knew it was coming...Yes it's true, Rasheed may land in New York. But for all my fellow Knicks fans let me just calm you down a little bit. He is a member of contending team, his family loves Detroit, Rasheed loves Larry Brown, he's made friends with a bunch of Pistons players, the people of Detroit love him, and we can only offer the Mid-level exception. Too bad, huh? Just a dream, I guess, but we can dream. Maybe, just maybe, Isiah will work his magic!
Jamal Crawford: This rumor is probably the least likely of them all. The Knicks would trade Kurt Thomas and Frank Williams. Chicago would ship Jamal Crawford and Eddy Robinson to New York. Don't count on it.
My spin on the Crawford trade? I have the Clippers missing out on Kobe, they will redeem themselves by snagging Crawford as a restricted free agent.
Eddy Curry: The Knicks would end up trading Kurt Thomas and some throw-ins. Chicago would probably toss Eddy Curry and Jerome Williams out to us. Don't count this rumor out, Isiah is supposedly very high on Curry and he may stop at nothing to get his paws on him.
Chris Webber: Now this is a match made in heaven. The Knicks and the Kings will possibly work out a deal in which the Knicks will recieve Doug Christie and Chris Webber. The Knicks would trade several players, their names are not mentioned but among them will certainly be Kurt Thomas and Allan Houston this trade works out perfectly for the Kings, Knicks, Webber, and Christie. If the trade happens then the Knicks will easily become legitimate title contenders. This trade is unlikely because the shift from a lay-up oriented team and instantly become a perimeter reliant team. Chris Webber expressed interested in joining the Knicks in the past (Sprewell), this could play a big role in the trade.
Emeka Okafor: Yee-ha! It's time to stir things up a bit, isn't it? Yes it's true, Isiah loves Emeka Okafor. Some teams (cough) Chicago (cough) are backing off of Emeka Okafor because of the pesty back spasms. However the back problems are not real concerns for Isiah. Isiah has expressed intrest in Emeka and we know that he can get his man. However, Okafor is 6"9 big man with back problems and a lack of talent in the paint while facing his defender. The trade will probably yet again involve Chicago and nobody knows who may be traded and who may be released. But we do know that there is some substance to this rumor as it was reported on ESPNEWS at one point in the past few weeks and has been mentioned on radio programs. New York wouldn't get much immediate impact out of Okafor, but I doubt any Knicks fans would be disappointed if you catch my drift.
Around the League:
Phil Jackson has been hinting that he will be stepping down as head coach of the Lakers. He has said that he wants to coach the Knicks (He played for Red Holzman back in the day), but word is he'll be not only be stepping down from the Lakers job, but will retire.
For more rumors and analysis check out my next article!
Thats mine...what do you guys think?