Carmelo Anthony says he’s recruiting Kevin Durant to Knicks

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Kevin Durant reportedly eliminated the Knicks as an option in free agency. He has set meetings with six other teams – but not New York.

None of that is stopping Carmelo Anthony.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony told ESPN on Monday that his recruitment of marquee free agent Kevin Durant has already begun and will not be affected “whether he meets with the Knicks or not.”

‎”I’m with KD now; he’s right downstairs,” Anthony told ESPN in an interview that will air later Monday on SportsCenter. “We’ve been together. We’ve been talking.

“I do consider myself part of the Knicks,” Anthony continued, “so that meeting has already taken place.”

Anthony has been at this for months. Why stop this close to the finish line, even if the Knicks’ odds are long?

They play in a market that can attract elite talent. It’s worth taking a swing at Durant.

Anthony might even be laying the groundwork for next year, when Kristaps Porzingis will be a year closer to his peak and Derrick Rose‘s expiring contract will create cap space.