Many New York Knicks fans think the logical move for Phil Jackson during free agency is to target free agent big man Pau Gasol.
And that is something that Jackson likely will do.
However you have to wonder if adding a guy like Gasol will accomplish the two things the Knicks need to see happen.
One of which is if signing Gasol will make the Knicks contenders this season, which is doubtful.
The other is whether or not adding Gasol will be enough to convince Carmelo Anthony to re-sign.
Again that is wishful thinking but Jackson and company signing Gasol, after adding a point guard in Jose Calderon would be about as much as he can do in this offseason to show Anthony that the Knicks are on the right path.
However the Gasol to Knicks rumors could all be wishful thinking.
The rumors started naturally due to Gasol’s longstanding relationship with Jackson, but Gasol also has noted that he wants to play for a contender and the Knicks are not that right now.
Gasol is due to visit the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls, but will also sit down with the Los Angeles Lakers as well. The Dallas Mavericks are also said to have interest in the big man.
As of now there is no meeting set up with Jackson and the Knicks.
Losing out on Gasol wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for the Knicks.
While I have always liked him as a player, he doesn’t immediately make the Knicks contenders and he likely is going to get more than a one-year deal, so it makes little sense to tie up money going into next offseason, unless the Knicks would be assured that his brother Marc would follow him to the Big Apple.
Then there is the fact that Gasol is starting to break down at age 33.
He has missed 56 of 230 games during the past three seasons, including missing 17 games in each of the past two seasons, and if he isn’t going to be on the court consistently then Gasol is too much of a risk.
Gasol did average 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last season, numbers the Knicks could surely use, but if he isn’t going to catapult them into title contention, which he won’t, Jackson is better off being patient and waiting until next offseason.
At the end of the day, Gasol very well may represent the Knicks best chance to keep Anthony in town, but tying their hopes to that to a 33-year old who has had 55 DNP’s over the last three years is not the way to go.
Rebuild this thing the right way and don’t bring in aging veterans to tie up cap space.
If Melo is going to stay he is going to stay.
Signing Gasol does very little to alter what will happen with Anthony.
It’s just a move that makes very little sense and one that Jackson will likely stay away from.