One person keeping a close eye on the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes is free agent power forward Pau Gasol. It has been reported that Gasol would re-sign with the Lakers if they were able to secure Anthony in free agency. Anthony seems to have an interest in playing with Gasol as well, only not in Los Angeles. Instead, Anthony is trying to reach out to Gasol so he can convince the Lakers big man to play with him in New York:
A conversation that Carmelo Anthony had been pursuing in recent days, sources tell Yahoo: With Pau Gasol, about playing together w/ Knicks. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2014
In assessing potential targets for the Knicks, Pau Gasol topped my list, so needless to say, I am a fan of the move. If anyone is going to motivate Gasol to play to the best of his abilities, it would be Phil Jackson and Gasol’s former teammate Derek Fisher. The money situation would be the toughest sell, as the Knicks only have the mini mid-level exception to offer Gasol, while other teams in pursuit of the talented Spaniard can offer much more.
Expect a decision from Melo sooner rather than later, as it seems many of the other free agents in the market are waiting for his decision before signing as well.
Frank Santos- NY Sports-Kings Co-Manager