Is Phil Jackson eyeing to land Russell Westbrook next summer? The New York Knicks signed Brandon Jennings to a one-year contract, which keeps the door open for Westbrook.
Jennings comes to Knicks as a back-up point guard. If New York’s experiment with Derrick Rose fails, head coach Jeff Horncek has another option.
With Kevin Durant making a move to the Bay Area, Russell Westbrook has already revealed that he has no plans of extension of his current contract with Oklahoma City Thunder this summer.
Will Phil Jackson chase Westbrook?
The Knicks won’t have the potential cap space to sign Westbrook in 2017 to a max contract which is estimated to start at $32 million, as reported by the New York Post. Westbrook is interested about Knicks due to the presence of Kristaps Porzingiz.
Thunder could consider Westbrook as a trade option this offseason. Sam Presti, Thunder general manager said that he will be sitting with the star soon.
“I’ve been attending to other parts of my duties,” Presti said, according to David Aldridge of the NBA.com. “but I’ll talk with Russell and the other guys here probably either tonight or tomorrow.”
That does not mean there’s no chance W’Brook could re-sign in OKC in ‘17. It just makes no sense financially to do renegotiation/extension.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 4, 2016
The Thunder general manager will reportedly want to trade Westbrook to avoid what happened in the case of Kevin Durant. Thunder will be looking for a huge return by trading their superstar.
Phil Jackson and company will like Derrick Rose if he returns to an All-Star level. If that happens, the Knicks can look forward to upgrade their backcourt by signing the former MVP to an extension and use the cap space to rope in other stars.
If Rose doesn’t meet the expectations, Westbrook will be on Jackson’s radar. The Knicks could easily move contracts like the Warriors to create cap space for Westbrook.
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