Knicks believe they still have a shot at James
A day before LeBron James’ decision, the New York Knicks believe
they still have a chance.
A team spokesman says the team has not been told it is out of
the race for James, who is set to announce where he will play next
season during an ESPN special on Thursday night.
The Knicks made their pitch to James last Thursday in Cleveland
and believe they became even more attractive to him when All-Star
forward Amare Stoudemire agreed to sign with New York on
Stoudemire said he would try to recruit James to come along. He
wrote a message to James on Twitter on Wednesday, telling the MVP
to join him in New York and saying “Oh let’s do it!!”
New York has enough salary cap space to sign two players to
maximum level contracts, and learned Wednesday it will even some
money left over. The salary cap was set at $58.04 million, nearly
$2 million higher than the $56.1 million that was projected.
That means the Knicks will have about $18.9 million left after
Stoudemire signs an expected five-year, $99.7 million deal. The
team will introduce him at an afternoon news conference, then turn
its attention to James’ announcement planned for 9 p.m.
A person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press the
interview will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of
Greenwich, Conn., not far from where the Knicks practice in
Westchester County, N.Y.
If they don’t get James, the Knicks will begin turning their
attention to other players, with point guard being one of their
biggest needs. Chris Duhon, the starter most of the last two
seasons, has agreed to sign with the Orlando Magic.
AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this