Tom Izzo was never granted an audience with LeBron James, but Eddy Curry scored a sit-down with the self-proclaimed King last month.
According to a source close to Curry, the Knicks' veteran center met with James in Ohio to discuss Curry's future, which may or may not include having LeBron as a teammate. The conversation, the source said, "had nothing to do with Eddy trying to recruit LeBron to New York."
In fact, Curry may have been recruiting himself to join James either in Cleveland or Chicago. Curry is entering the final year of his contract and has told close friends he'd welcome a buyout from the Knicks in order to become a free agent.
Curry has talked about returning to his hometown of Chicago to restart his career. The Bulls are one of several teams with salary cap room to sign James, who is expected to visit New York, New Jersey and Chicago when he becomes a free agent on July 1.
James originally reached out to Curry in early May about possibly working out together during the offseason. Curry and James share the same agent, Leon Rose, and both are friendly with NBA power broker William Wesley, who recently became the agent for Kentucky coach John Calipari.
Last summer, the Knicks appointed Wesley to be in charge of Curry's offseason training program. The move was twofold: Curry was overweight and Knicks president Donnie Walsh wanted to strengthen his ties to someone in James' inner circle.
The results were mixed. Curry arrived for training camp out of shape but the Knicks had a special visitor at their first practice at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs: Wesley.
The chances of the Knicks reaching a buyout with Curry are remote because Walsh sees Curry as an important asset. With Curry set to become a free agent next summer, he has all the incentive in the world to have a bounce-back season.
Curry's expiring contract makes him a valuable trade commodity and Walsh, who has been Curry's most ardent supporter, remains convinced that Curry can also be of value to the Knicks on the court.
James remains noncommittal about his future and has not commented publicly since Izzo last week decided to turn down the Cavaliers' coaching job and remain at Michigan State
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Not really sure what to think about this one. Very indirect and no doubt another cry for attention, as Knick fans sweat out the longest week in 10 years of loving/hating their team.
Just to spell it out fellas, if this article is correct and Leon Rose is hitching Curry to LeBron's wagon, then we should all be prepared for a scenario where Curry gets traded, then waits 30 days and RESIGNS with the Knicks after LeBron also signs on the dotted line
or maybe LeBron is trying to entice him to take a buyout for LESS than his contract value to increase the Knicks' cap room this summer. Nothing else would make sense really.You know, like, LeBron is just DYING to play with Eddy Curry? Ok. Sure.
Although this news was previously reported, I have a few takes.
First it's probably just more garbage fodder.
or... when considering how the Knicks have been out of the spotlight for so long and EC has just been horrible...
why out of all people would we get a report about him and LBJ?
Brons not tipping his hand, and to risk doing so by mentioning/contacting Curry could mean a lot!
It could mean that LBJ is going to NY and their shared relationship w/ Leon Rose is the opportunity to mask his intentions. Maybe he feels EC is the tipping point- whether EC is here or not.
Please don't tell me our hopes are again weighted against EC's development!
Btw... it was also previously reported that Curry has been going hard at the Knicks practice facility since the season ended... for whatever that's worth.
Not for nothing but, I recall an article cannot find it but, it was mentioned back than about 2 months ago that LBJ approched both GALLO And Curry. He supposedly told Gallo To take care of his back and Curry that we are gonna work out together this sumer.
So why would he tell them that if he was not htinking about coming....He is coming why would he not come??????
People act like he is 30 and needs to win right now Lebron will be a knick and have his title within year 2 or 3 at the latest and I have 3 Season tickets. Selling 2 seats at 200.00 for the Set play off price will probably be 500 for the set.......