The New York Knicks are at it again.
Immersed in turmoil and still fighting to reach .500, the Knicks are doing what they always do when things go bad: looking for an external answer to all their problems.
Almost assuredly, Love will exercise his early termination option in two years and take a strong look at where the free-agent landscape stands with the T'wolves. He could re-sign a longer, richer deal with Minnesota, or chase big-market platforms in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and perhaps elsewhere.
The Knicks are buried in salary-cap hell through 2014, awaiting Amar'e Stoudemire ($23.4 million), Tyson Chandler ($14.3 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($12 million) to expire. The Knicks are sold on Love in 2015, sources tell Yahoo Sports, and they've already begun devising a strategy to lure him when the time comes.
Makes sense, right? New York is struggling now, so naturally it's seeking refuge two years into the future.
Sadly, this is not out of character. This is what the Knicks do. They hide in future plans of grandeur, promising fans and marquee free agents it will be different one year from now. Or two years from now. And it never is.
Faced with the prospect of losing Carmelo Anthony this summer, it was only a matter of time before the Knicks were up to their old tricks again. True to form, the groundwork for Woj's latest report was laid back in July, when Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler revealed the team planned to let 'Melo build his own squad in 2015.
Slated to be flush with cap space, the Knicks will have the financial flexibility necessary to chase Love. But are we really talking about this right now?
Never mind that Love hasn't been fully healthy these last two years and, therefore, isn't worth putting two seasons on hold for. Or that he would force 'Melo to play the 3, when it's abundantly clear he's better off as a stretch 4. And forget that the Knicks are attempting to craft a free-agency sales pitch for 2015 now, when they have no idea what they'll be selling prospective players on.
This, right here, is what's wrong in New York.
Anthony and the Knicks are 2-4 through six games, have dropped three straight at home and remain without Tyson Chandler. They have issues that need resolving now, not roughly two years down the line.
Lusting after other people's players (OPP) is indicative of a rebuilding team, not the title contender the Knicks supposedly are. Before they start planning that far ahead, they should worry about now. About climbing out of the ditch they've dug themselves into.
Behind the scenes, there are likely plenty of teams prepared to court Love in 2015. Few, if any, are as desperate as the Knicks reportedly are.
Love hasn't even hit the open market yet and the Knicks are already moving forward like they have him, like they need him.
When what they really need is a reality check.