The last few years the Knicks have been a dysfunctional mess of a franchise. From poor play, to ill-fated signings, to the toxic Phil Jackson era, the Knicks have been a nightmare their long-suffering fan base has had to painfully endure.
And yet, it may all be worth it. Because in 2018, the Knicks may have their wildest far-fetched dream come true: seeing LeBron James suit up in orange and blue.
It’s no secret by now LeBron is rumored to be contemplating leaving Cleveland for a second time once the four-time MVP hits free agency in 2018. Over recent months, the Lakers (and to a lesser extent, the Clippers) have emerged as the likely landing spot if LeBron does, in fact, decide to leave Cleveland.
However, according to one Los Angeles superstar, that may not be the case.
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“I could see him going to New York before L.A.,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said on the “View From The Cheap Seats” podcast, per Complex. “I still think, when you go to the Garden, it’s a completely different feeling. The energy, there seems like there’s just a consistent buzz the entire game…even last year when you go play them, it’s still there.”
Before Knicks fans request off from work to attend the 2018-19 championship parade, Griffin went on to say he has “no idea” what LeBron will decide to do and that this is simply his own speculation. But it is interesting Griffin would list the Knicks ahead of the Lakers and Clippers on LeBron’s wish list.
“Honestly, I don’t see him coming to L.A. period,” Griffin said on the podcast. “Listen, again, I have no idea [laughs]. I think something is brewing with him and his group of guys. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think something’s brewing and they’re going to try to make that work.”
Carmelo Anthony is, of course, one of LeBron’s “guys,” along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul. However, Carmelo has also been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, with a potential deal sending him to the Rockets having being in the works for months.
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Even if the Knicks attempt to keep Carmelo, they would still have difficulty signing LeBron to a lucrative contract due to the fact they have more than $ 107 million over the next three years tied to just Tim Hardaway Jr. and Joakim Noah alone.
Furthermore, Knicks management has said they plan to rebuild with a younger core around franchise player Kristaps Porzingis, and a 34-year-old Carmelo and a 33-year-old LeBron (the age both players would respectively be at the start of the 2018 season) conceivably exactly fall under that philosophy.
But hey Blake, let Knicks fans dream.
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