Phil Jackson’s Next Step? Kevin Durant
The Knicks decides to say eff the rebuild yesterday when they acquired Derrick Rose. They gave up their moveable assets in Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant in order to acquire the perennially injured point guard. Looking at that move, it's clear that Phil Jackson was never interested in breaking it all down and is determined to get the Knicks back to the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. As we discussed yesterday immediately following the trade, the Knicks will definitely be interested in replacing Lopez with someone like Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol or even (gulp) Dwight Howard. But from the sounds of things today, that is plan 2A. Plan 1A? Kevin Durant.
But seriously. Despite rumors that Durant will only sign with the Warriors or Spurs if he decides to leave Oklahoma City, Phil Jackson is determined to make a pitch at KD. He plans on selling Durant on both Madison Square Garden/New York and the core of Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis. Is that a better core than Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green? Or Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker?
But hey, it's not going to stop Phil from trying. According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Knicks will pull out all the stops for Durant. Essentially, they are going back to their old ways of chasing superstars and failing. Once they fail, they then sign aging superstars that have an injury risk attached to them. See McGrady, Tracy and Francis, Steve.
Can it happen? Can Phil Jackson somehow put together a team of Durant, Anthony, Rose, Porzingis, and say, Joakim Noah? We guess never say never. Oh we also say...