The Knicks are expected to be active players in free agency, which officially got going at midnight Eastern time on Wednesday.
New York is getting a formal sit-down with all the big names, and the first one on their list remains the most likely of targets to end up playing in a Knicks uniform next season.
A Knicks contingent of Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills, coach Derek Fisher and vice president of operations Jamie Matthews descended upon Washington D.C. at midnight Wednesday to meet with Greg Monroe at superagent David Falk’s offices, then was to fly to Los Angeles to meet with Clippers defensive center DeAndre Jordan in the afternoon in making their first bids for a free-agent splash.
Jackson’s crew will then sit down in L.A. with Portland All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge Thursday — the Knicks being the last of seven teams he will greet. Falk, who is close to Jackson, holds all of his free-agent meetings in Washington. Monroe, the former Georgetown star, is considered a favorite to choose the Knicks.
The Knicks, much like the Lakers, can’t afford to hand out two max-level contracts this summer.
Monroe has always been linked to New York, while Jordan and Aldridge remain long shots. But the Knicks are in the largest of markets, and armed with significant cap space for the first time in years, are at the very least getting everyone to listen.