Knicks could be a ‘surprise landing spot’ for the GOAT

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Whether you champion LeBron James or Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time, most agree that both legends stand at the pinnacle of the sport. For the New York Knicks, who are looking to bolster their roster for the 2024–25 season, adding a player of James’ caliber could significantly enhance their team dynamics.

Despite some skepticism, James remains an elite playmaker and a formidable force in the playoffs. His presence on the Knicks could allow Jalen Brunson to manage the ball more effectively while enabling James to assume a complementary role now that he is 40.

According to Bleacher Report, the Knicks might emerge as a “surprise landing spot” for James. However, this would require a trade if James opts into his $51.4 million contract for the next season. Alternatively, James might opt out to secure a lucrative short-term deal potentially culminating in a championship—a fitting finale, especially if achieved with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

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Strategic Moves and the Knicks’ Future

James has transitioned into a player reminiscent of ‘prime Magic Johnson,’ averaging 25.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.3 assists this past season, with impressive shooting percentages from the field (.540) and three-point range (.410). Despite the Lakers’ early exit from the playoffs, James continues to maintain his All-Star status and ranks as one of the league’s elite players.

If the Knicks decide pursuing James is in their best interest, it would necessitate significant salary offloads, including trading players like Mitchell Robinson, Julius Randle, and Bojan Bogdanovic. However, acquiring James remains a long shot, and the Knicks may opt to maintain their current roster or seek other blockbuster trades if opportunities arise.

Speculations suggest the Phoenix Suns might reconsider their strategy, possibly breaking up the duo of Kevin Durant and Devin Booker. Should this scenario unfold, the Knicks could play a pivotal role given their draft assets, ability for salary swaps, and NBA-level talent ready for trade.

Bringing James to New York could offer the Knicks not only his exceptional passing and defensive skills but also his high-level scoring prowess. Pairing him with Brunson could alleviate some of the young guard’s pressure, enhancing the team’s overall performance.

Moreover, concerns that coach Tom Thibodeau might overuse James are unfounded, as both players logged similar minutes per game last season, suggesting a manageable workload for James under Thibodeau’s regime.

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