“I’ve got a list,” Anthony said when talking about players he’d like the Knicks to go get.
“There’s certain guys that’s on the list. I don’t want to get into too much details about that, but I feel like we have a great shot at acquiring them in this free agency. So it’s going to take work because all the teams are in the same situation, the same boat. But, like I said, the Derrick Rose move was a great first step.”
Anthony’s Team USA teammate Kevin Durant also praised the move.
“Derrick Rose is a great player,” Durant said. “He’s an MVP of this league, someone we all respect in this league. I’m sure he’s excited about going to New York City, and experiencing a new chapter in his life, and as a fan of the game, I’m excited to see him go there and see how he does.”
Anthony joked with a reporter who said Jackson remarked that Anthony was “reinvigorated” by the Rose trade, and expressed excitement about the hiring of Jeff Hornacek as well, saying the new Knicks coach came to watch him work out.
“I’m reinvigorated,” he said. “I feel a little bit more confident now that we actually made that move, made that decision. It shows me they are looking at now, and not the future just yet. The time is now. We have to capitalize on what we have right now. Of course, the front office also has to look at the big picture, but the time is now.”
The Knicks seem determined to wind up with a center this summer, and they have been linked at times with three of the best veterans available: Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.
How July plays out for all three will be fascinating. Howard’s market is unclear after his latest messy exit in Houston (though this one isn’t his fault to the same degree the previous ones were). Gasol and Noah, on the other hand, spent the past two years together in Chicago, and now have several of the same potential suitors — including the Knicks and Washington Wizards.
Two things to remember about Gasol, in particular: He is a big-city guy and likely will want to start somewhere. So options like the Knicks and Wizards will hold particular sway with him. Noah’s likely to have a wider range of options, but he is 31 and coming off shoulder surgery.
Both will be intriguing players to watch.
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