Phil Jackson is making his presence felt in New York early on. After dealing Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks for Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington and rookies Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, he is looking to bring along a familiar player.
ESPN’s Marc Stein has reported that Jackson is looking to bring power forward/center Pau Gasol to the Big Apple.
Story includes word relayed by own our @ramonashelburne that Phil Jackson plans to make run at Pau Gasol despite Knicks’ limited funds
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 28, 2014
With Carmelo Anthony a free agent, Jackson has targeted Gasol as a piece to entice the 30-year-old forward to stay in New York.
Barring a sign-n-trade for Gasol, the Knicks can only offer the Spaniard a deal below $4 million a year.
Gasol, 33, holds career averages of 18.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks. He also won two NBA championships under Phil Jackson in Los Angeles.
Current Knicks’ coach Derek Fisher was also a teammate of Gasol during the Lakers’ back to back titles.
Despite acquiring Chandler, the Mavericks are reported to still have interest in Gasol. The Mavericks are also listed as a team that Anthony plans on meeting with.