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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has insisted that he can still convince free agents to join the franchise at season’s end despite their struggles this year.
The Knicks are currently 5-35 for the season after losing a franchise record 15 games in a row, and that leaves them rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Anthony is currently sidelined with knee soreness which has forced him to miss the last six games, and he revealed earlier this week that it will inevitably need surgery to correct the issue.
However, he remains confident in his ability to attract free agents to join him in New York next season despite their current situation.
“I think I’m a good salesman. But we’ll see what happens when that time comes,” he told reporters when asked if the record would scare free agents away.
The Knicks are expected to have $25,434,111 in cap room which is more than enough to land a max player and another solid piece, while they are also likely to receive a top pick in the Draft in June.
Marc Gasol, Goran Dragic, Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris have all been mentioned as possible targets, while given the market in New York, they could even have a shot at landing some of the bigger names if they are currently unhappy with their situation, namely Kevin Love.
With JR Smith, Iman Shumpert and Samuel Dalembert gone coupled with speculation that Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani are next, it remains to be seen what is left of this current team for new players to join.
In addition, the Knicks have struggled to implement the triangle offense under team president Phil Jackson and coach Derek Fisher, while there is still the old issue of how another top player would fit in beside Melo.
The Knicks remain a big franchise and New York remains an attractive market, but there are certainly plenty of problems that free agents will have to consider before making a decision.