The rumor mills of Carmelo Anthony fleeing New York to join Kobe Bryant for one more championship run in Los Angeles has the Knicks management worried that they might lose the league's reigning leading scorer.
Although James Dolan expects to win a championship this year - at least he did before the Knicks' terrible start to the season - the team is already planning on a strategy to keep Melo in New York, and they are apparently floating around Kevin Love's name.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks are targeting the Wolves' power forward when his contract is up in 2015, which will be when Stoudemire, Chandler, and Bargnani's contracts come off the books for them.
LeBron James comes free too soon (2014), Kevin Durant too late (2016), and the best, biggest star available to New York has been validating management's wanderlust with an MVP-esque start to the Minnesota Timberwolves' season. [...]
Almost assuredly, Love will exercise his early termination option in two years and take a strong look at where the free-agent landscape stands with the T'wolves. He could re-sign a longer, richer deal with Minnesota, or chase big-market platforms in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and perhaps elsewhere.
The Knicks are buried in salary-cap hell through 2014, awaiting Amar'e Stoudemire ($23.4 million), Tyson Chandler ($14.3 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($12 million) to expire. The Knicks are sold on Love in 2015, sources tell Yahoo Sports, and they've already begun devising a strategy to lure him when the time comes.
Kevin Love missed most of last year, and is balling out of his mind so far, which has reminded the league just hot incredible of a player he can be. The Knicks won't have the cap space, or allure to land anyone like LeBron this summer, so they are planning for the future, and selling Anthony on the promise of championships to come.