Confidence is always key in any pursuit in life, but if I were the Knicks coming off of a non-playoff year, I wouldn’t be overly confident in Anthony returning. He hasn’t even talked to teams yet (which he will) and hasn’t heard any long-term pitches (which he will assuredly be intrigued by some). I would be cautious and hopeful if I were them at this point.
As for Gasol, I like him. But that doesn’t mean hes the right piece for the Knicks, at least not long-term. But if they were to add him along with Anthony I wouldn’t necessarily hate it. He did average 17 ppg., nearly 10 rebounds and over 3 assists per-game last season. Even at the 33 the man still has a lot to offer. And in the triangle his passing will be a major asset compared to Chandlers lack of ball moving skills. But in his age, lies the rub. He hasn’t played over 80 games since 2010-11 and hasn’t played back-to-back years of more than 70 since the 2002-03 and 2003-04 years. Do you want to add that to a roster with Amare Stoudemire who is sure to miss games as well? On paper it looks great, but its a very dicey play.