go to MSN.com
Originally written on Pass The Pill  |  Last updated 10/30/14

Via Pass the Pill:

Only the New York Knicks would already devise a plan to lure top free agents years before they are on the market. And if history is any indication of what’s to come, the Knicks will be going home empty-handed once again. A franchise in flux, the Knicks have already began this season much like they ended their tumultuous post season last May. Which I’m going to go out on a limb and say that can’t be a good thing to have in November.

So what’s next for the Knicks? Could Carmelo Anthony bolt for greener pastures? La La Land is the destination most frequently brought up, but would the Los Angeles Lakers really want to get themselves into another max deal with a player that will be hitting 30 years old next May? And it probably should be noted that Melo isn’t exactly the greatest at keeping himself in shape, nor has post season success the Lakers have become accustomed to. But the Knicks have something they can offer Melo that the Lakers can’t: More money and possibly Kevin Love.

Of course the Lakers could make a hard pitch to Kevin Love as well, seeing that Love is a west coast guy and played his college ball at UCLA. But that hasn’t stopped the Knicks from already devising a plan to lure Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love to New York.

Via Yahoo Sports/Adrian Wojnarowski:

Almost assuredly, Love will exercise his early termination option in two years and take a strong look at where the free-agent landscape stands with the T’wolves. He could re-sign a longer, richer deal with Minnesota, or chase big-market platforms in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and perhaps elsewhere.

The Knicks are buried in salary-cap hell through 2014, awaiting Amar’e Stoudemire ($23.4 million), Tyson Chandler ($14.3 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($12 million) to expire. The Knicks are sold on Love in 2015, sources tell Yahoo Sports, and they’ve already begun devising a strategy to lure him when the time comes.

Kevin Love is on deck to be recruited to New York in 2015, and that’s among the reasons the Timberwolves are so determined to make deals to climb deep into the playoffs these next two years.

The suitors promise to be plentiful for Love in two years, which is why the Knicks are already brainstorming his pursuit, sources said.

Even if the Knicks did sign Kevin Love, how would the duo of Love and Carmelo work? Anthony would be 31 years old, and be pushing the end of his prime. And for all the rebounding Love brings to the table, he isn’t considered a strong interior defender and plays the power forward spot that Anthony plays for the most part now. Would the Knicks really want to move Melo back to the three spot at 31 years old and expect him to stay in front of younger, more athletic, quicker players? Stay tuned…

More from Pass The Pill:
3 Comments:
  • Unless they can also get Ricky Rubio & Kevin Martin I see NO CHANCE of the small town loving hippie/farm boy leaving Minnesota to go to the concrete jungle. Happiness and an up and coming team plus no David Kahn will all help keep Kevin where he belongs. The Knicks are simply not a very good team & Kevin will not want to be part of another rebuild; Minnesota will make the playoffs this year and have a chance to go along ways if healthy.
  • Sorry Kevin will go to the Lakers, everyone knows that. His father was a Laker, and he went to UCLA. He's a L.A. GUY he loves it. the off season Kevin is down in L.A. at UCLA, so he will be a Laker
  • I'm a Minnesota homer. The Vikes, Wild, Twins. I'm not a B-Ball fan, but if I was, I'd be a Wolves fan. Anyways, If you think of all the struggles the other teams put our fans through, none of them compare to the Timberwolves. By far, the worst team in the NBA since their inauguration in '89. They've never had the #1 overall draft pick and that team is so bad that it's actually good because they'd just ruin that player anyways. The Detroit Lions have NOTHING on the T-Wolves.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Curt Schilling: Bumgarner's postseason is the best ever

Phil Jackson: Knicks ‘not ready for showtime’

Titans WR: Mettenberger better than Big Ben at same stage

Michael Vick: Starting at QB again is a dream come true

Red Sox to reportedly target Pablo Sandoval in offseason

Alex Rodriguez's season-long MLB ban comes to an end

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Madison Bumgarner pitches Giants to World Series title

Giants fans get rowdy celebrating World Series win

Roy Williams' response to criticism over academic scandal

Jerry Jones challenging Tony Romo to play Sunday?

Wizards make rapper Wale new 'creative liaison' for team

Report: Joe Maddon to become Cubs manager

State Farm has hilarious response to recent NFL injuries

WATCH: Michael Jordan trashes President Obama's golf game

GALLERY: Best of sports-themed pumpkins

WATCH: The LeBron Nike spot we've been waiting for

Kobe Bryant’s Wikipedia page listed him with 0-1 MMA record

WATCH: Amar'e sings with Swift for in-arena video bit

WATCH: Randle offers money for massage in jailhouse video

Top storyline for each Week 9 NFL game

WATCH: Chevy guy bombs World Series presentation

WATCH: James Ennis throws down dunk of the season

Kris Humphries shares nasty photo of gruesome finger injury

WATCH: Joe Panik makes play of the game in Game 7

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Curt Schilling: Bumgarner's postseason is the best ever

Curt Schilling knows a thing or two about postseason success. Even he couldn’t contain himself Wednesday night after watching San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throw five scoreless relief innings to cap a masterful October. Best post season performance ever #amazing— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) October 30, 2014 Bumgarner earned MVP honors as the Giants won their...
Via NESN.com
3 hours ago

Phil Jackson: Knicks ‘not ready for showtime’

Knicks president Phil Jackson says his team isn’t “ready for showtime” following New York’s 24-point season-opening loss to the Chicago Bulls late Wednesday night. “Not ready for showtime, were we guys?” Jackson said, via ESPNNewYork.com. The Knicks made just 37 percent of their shots and allowed Chicago to score 42 points in the paint. “When we stopped competing...
Via Sports-Glory
3 hours ago

Titans WR: Mettenberger better than Big Ben at same stage

TweetTennessee Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger has been a hot topic this week. First, he was mocked for tacking pre-game selfies by J.J. Watt. Later, he was called out by his head coach for said selfies and needing to carry himself like an NFL quarterback. Wednesday wide receiver Nate Washington had something positive to say about Mettenberger, proclaiming that Mettenberger...
Via Los That Sports Blog
3 hours ago

Michael Vick: Starting at QB again is a dream come true

I don’t know if it’s all that serious, but Michael Vick will get his shot at being the man again on Sunday. Vick met with the media on Wednesday as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets. He told the media that “getting the opportunity to start is a dream come true.” “When you have a chance to go out and show and prove, I think you’ve got to take advantage of...
Via BlackSportsOnline
5 hours ago

Red Sox to reportedly target Pablo Sandoval in offseason

Now that the San Francisco Giants have cinched their third World Series win in five years, we can all get on to the important business of breaking down Major League Baseball’s offseason. And now that he has helped the Giants win that World Series, third baseman Pablo Sandoval could be on his way out of San Francisco. Rumors have persisted for months that the Boston Red Sox...
Via Rumors and Rants
5 hours ago

Alex Rodriguez's season-long MLB ban comes to an end

Yankees fans don't have a lot of reasons to be happy about the World Series officially putting a bow on the 2014 MLB season. Besides the realization that Derek Jeter will never play in pinstripes again, there's also that uneasy feeling of knowing Alex Rodriguez is officially back on the team once again.Well ... at least A-Rod is celebrating.When Pablo Sandoval caught the...
Via The Other Paper
6 hours ago

Madison Bumgarner pitches Giants to World Series title

Not only did the San Francisco Giants just take Game 7 of the World Series for their third title in five seasons, Madison Bumgarner took his own special place in the long and heralded history of this great sport. After winning two games earlier in the series, Bumgarner came in as a reliever on two day’s rest with the Giants leading 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth. He proceded to...
Via Sportsnaut
15 hours ago

Giants fans get rowdy celebrating World Series win

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals in a thrilling Game 7 of the World Series, 3-2. Madison Bumgarner did what he’s done all postseason—get guys out without giving up any runs—and his ERA dropped to a ridiculous 0.25 in the series. Giants fans are celebrating in epic fashion. They’ve already set a couch on fire, and we’ll continue to update this post...
Via The Sports Daily
13 hours ago

Roy Williams' response to criticism over academic scandal

The results into the probe of North Carolina academics were released last Wednesday, and showed that 3,100 students at the university took the school’s controversial “paper classes” between 1993 and 2011, with 47.6 percent of those students being student-athletes. One person who has received a ton of criticism has been UNC basketball coach Roy Williams, who according Kenneth...
Via College Spun
22 hours ago

Jerry Jones challenging Tony Romo to play Sunday?

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones once again has inserted himself in any and all talk related to his football team by essentially suggesting that Tony Romo should be able to play next Sunday at the Arizona Cardinals if he can tolerate the pain related to back contusion suffered in last week’s game. Speaking on his...Read More The post Jerry Jones: Pain tolerance only thing standing...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.