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LeBron James Rumors: Knicks Interested in Pursuing Star After David Fizdale Hire

05 May, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Then-Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale in the

The New York Knicks have their head coach in David Fizdale.

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The Knicks are considering opening up salary-cap space this offseason in order to pursue LeBron James in free agency, The New York Post's Marc Berman reported Friday, citing an National Basketball Association source.

He is the latest addition to a franchise attempting to move on from the Phil Jackson regime as current president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry attempt to build a franchise mired in mediocrity for much of the last two decades into a contender.

Fizdale led the Grizzlies to a 43-39 record and a spot in the Western Conference playoffs in 2016-17. It was reported earlier Thursday that the Knicks were "zeroing in" on Fizdale, and now the two sides have agreed to team up.

Fizdale was a top candidate for a number of teams, including the Charlotte Hornets, the Orlando Magic, and the Atlanta Hawks. Since then the Knicks have won just one playoff series and become a perennial also-ran.

He will have a tall order - bringing the Knicks back to respectability. Before he became the official replacement for Jeff Hornacek, there is a growing belief that James would join the team that would hire Fizdale. The two wanted to change the culture in NY, and the first step to doing that was finding a new head coach.

Nonetheless, it is considered unlikely that James will choose to play for the Knicks after this season. But I say that objectively.

His firing didn't put teams off, however, as he was one of the most sought-after names on the market.

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