"...The Knicks have appeal, especially with the whole New York package, Wade claimed. But don't discount the Nets -- at least for other free agents.It's hard not to like Rod Thorn, the guy can build on the fly. But my moles are telling me, which Kerber recently reported, that Bruce Ratner is actively looking to sell the team. Ratner got caught up in the idea of taking advantage of the lack of Knicks success thinking he could pull fans to Brooklyn and enlisted the help of Jay-Z. If Ratner does sell, one has to wonder what will come of the Jigga-man.
"It's a good organization," Wade said of New Jersey. "It's a class organization and when the time is right, they're going to go get the players they need to get. I think people around the league see that. They've had success, especially when J. Kidd was here . . . so everyone knows this organization has the want to be great. It's just about if they get the players. They've got some now. Devin Harris is a great, great star. He's a centerpiece."
There's a problem for the Knicks: the roster. Both the Nets and Knicks will have $20-plus million to spend. But the Nets have Harris, Brook Lopez and Courtney Lee, all young studs, already in place.
"Guys know they (Nets) will be in the mix because they're setting themselves up to be there," Wade said. "It's not a bad city. There's going to be some chatter about the Nets when they come around. I know the main chatter right now is about the other side, New York, but I'm sure the Nets are going to get some love as well..."
Harris may have the best contract in basketball and the team does have an option on Yi (sayonara!) so they are primed to get in an even better cap situation.
But, again, the Knicks have some pieces too. They don't have Harris, but if they add Sessions they would have a competitive core.