November 12, 2009
For the longest time, the New York Knicks have been clearing salary space to make room for the summer of 2010 in the hopes of bringing in LeBron James(notes) and Dwyane Wade(notes) to save the franchise. The problem is that there isn't much to the team right now and Wade and James have perfectly good support systems where they are right now. Plus, you don't have to live in New York City anymore to be a media powerhouse.
So the Knicks are apparently adjusting their expectations for next summer. There is no doubt the team will make an initial run at James and Wade but the word is that the Knicks are feeling like it is much more likely they'll end up with Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh(notes) and Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson(notes), who are also both free agents next summer, according to the New York Daily News.
This is still a good combo and a far sight better than what the Knicks have been putting on the floor recently.
Johnson at least has a long-time relationship with Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, who he played for years ago. "More than anything he gave me a chance, he gave me a chance to play and just play free - and kind of blossom from there. He's a great coach," Johnson said.