Report: Knicks Ruled Out For Marc Gasol In Free Agency
This year has been dismal for the New York Knicks with the combination of Carmelo Anthony being out for the season, multiple trades that happened, the letting go of Amar’e Stoudemire and of course their 12-48 record, which also indicates that this year is 100% tank mode. With hopes of landing the no. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft lottery, and with the hope of also landing some outstanding free agents with giant cap space, the Knicks can already rule out one of the top free agents in 2015.
Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops recently made a list of the top 25 free agents. He listed Marc Gasol as the second best free agent but the description about him has raised some eyebrows and disappointed some Knicks fans:
“He probably isn’t going anywhere, either. And a little birdie who knows of what he speaks tells me Gasol has already ruled out playing for the New York Knicks. It’s nothing personal with Phil Jackson or that consummate New Yorker, Jim Dolan (gag). It’s a matter of money. He can get a five-year deal to stay in Memphis, where he attended high school. After taxes, that will be worth more than twice what he would get from New York.”
Gasol, 30, is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and the two-time All-Star is expected to get a ton of attention. Interesting to point out here is that the Memphis Grizzlies can offer him the most money and they can also add the fifth year into the deal. While we don’t know who this “little birdie” is, we can tell that Marc Gasol is going to stay in Memphis because of the fact that he can get the most money from them. That won’t stop Phil Jackson from trying to lure Gasol into a Knicks uniform. This should be an interesting free agency period.