Carmelo Anthony Still Wishful Thinking About LaMarcus Aldridge Deal; Will Rookie Kristaps Porzingis Deliver The Goods For The New York Knicks And Shut Up His Detractors?
It’s still the offseason and the New York Knicks camp has been hefty with rumors which now includes franchise player Carmelo Anthony. The former Syracuse University stand-out is upset with how the front office had struck out with LaMarcus Aldridge due to the Knicks front office’s displeasing pitch for the free agent.
According to a report from the Inquisitr, triangle-offense guru Phil Jackson required the 6-11 forward to play center for the orange and blue which didn’t sit quite well with the All-Star. Aldridge had spent nine NBA seasons with the Portland Trailblazers in which he averaged a career-best 23.4 points per game in last season’s playoff run against the Memphis Grizzlies.
“We could’ve gotten LaMarcus. I believe the conversations me and him had, it was a big chance he’d end up in New York. I don’t really know where playing the center position comes in. I know when I was talking to him we had a very great shot,” Anthony faithfully said.
What would have been a long-term contract with Aldridge as hinted by Anthony eventually went all up in smoke as the Texan-native signed a whopping 80 million dollar contract in a span of four years with western conference powerhouse San Antonio Spurs.
Aldridge recently shed light on this matter during a Team USA camp via CBS Sports.
“They were saying they wanted me to be more of a center to let their guy develop and I just wasn’t looking to be that,” Aldridge said. “So I was looking to play power forward, and they weren’t really interested.”
The management hoped that Aldridge would move to another position so they can have Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks 2015 fourth draft pick gain his minutes in the coveted power forward position.
Porzingis the 20-year-old Latvian-born basketball prodigy was not received quite well by a rabid New York Knicks fan base during draft night in New York last June as reported by NY Post. The Knickerbockers haven’t won a championship since the early 1970’s and having their hopes rest on the shoulders of a scrawny-looking European didn’t fetched a positive note with the Madison Square Garden crowd.
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