One reason the New York Knicks decided to hand over such a large salary to Phil Jackson last year was so that the franchise could become a bigger player during free agency.
The Knicks hope Jackson’s 11 rings will help them lure the superstars of the league to the Big Apple over the coming years.
One of the Knicks’ biggest targets is obviously Kevin Durant, who, along with the rest of the league, plan to pursue the high scoring forward when he becomes a free agent in 2016.
While a source told Frank Isola from the New York Post that the Knicks are a potential landing spot for Durant in ’16, Adam Zagoria from SNY.tv spoke to an NBA scout who anticipates the Lakers having a “better chance” of signing the Washington D.C. native.
Of course, with around a year and a half to go until Durant hits the market, it’s almost impossible to predict what will happen.
However, if the Oklahoma City Thunder still haven’t won a championship by the summer of 2016, and if the Lakers have either developed a strong, young (and successful) core, or have traded their assets for talented veterans, then you would expect the City of Angels to most certainly be in the running to sign last season’s Most Valuable Player.