Kobe Bryant and Paul Millsap to New York Knicks?
The New York Knicks are struggling to find themselves in Phil Jackson’s Triangle offense at the moment. Riding a five-game losing streak and sitting at just 2-6 through their first eight games, there’s plenty of reason for fans to be a little upset.
It’s possible that anger may not last for long, however, especially if some whispers eventually become loud realities.
The Black Mamba
Kobe Bryant has said time and again that despite his Lakers’ rocky 1-5 start and a trip to the playoffs being unlikely this year, he’s not leaving L.A. This is his show and he’s hoisting loads of shots every night, so it does appear he’s perfectly content with just riding out his final two years as “the guy” on a dying team.
Of course, Bryant could still wave his no-trade clause at any point, and could potentially allow a trade to a team like the Knicks. This is what former Laker and Bryant teammate Rick Fox thinks could happen. Bryant could either allow a trade this year or next year, or he could simply join the Knicks in two years after his current deal expires.
It’s not the most likely scenario, but Fox has added some fuel to the fire that is speculation on Bryant leaving L.A. at some (or any) point.
Paul Millsap to Big Apple?
Millsap’s contract with the Atlanta Hawks dries up after this year, which could put him in the free agency waters and have him heading for New York. Millsap played with Knicks head coach Derek Fisher in Utah and has been open about being a fan of Fisher’s.
On playing in New York potentially, Millsap suggested that “anywhere could be an option”. He remains loyal to the Hawks at the moment, but Millsap coming to the Big Apple could potentially give the Knicks a third part of a brand new “Big 3”.
It’s all just speculation for now, but both Kobe and Millsap’s situations are interesting enough that they could bleed into further New York Knicks rumors. If any of it ends up happening, a New York Knicks team that is currently struggling could quickly turn into a legit title contender.
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