The Knicks hired William Wesley – aka “World Wide Wes” – earlier this week as executive vice president / senior adviser for basketball. Wesley, longtime friend of Knicks’ president Leon Rose, is a former consultant to the Creative Artists Agency and is well connected across the basketball world.
In fact, Rose and Wesley both have ties to LeBron James, which made Nick Wright think: Could James end up with the Knicks after leaving the Los Angeles Lakers?
Although perhaps unlikely, Wright explained on Thursday in FS1’s “First Things First” that we shouldn’t cancel the possibility, even wondering if James Harden could join James in the Big Apple.
“LeBron is a free agent in 2022. He always talks about the Garden. Maybe they hire Jason Kidd as head coach. Maybe (the Knicks James owner) Dolan takes a step back. You have World Wes, ”said Wright. “James Harden is also a free agent in 2022. (NBA Insider Chris) Broussard said he will never win a title as a protagonist. Maybe he goes to New York.
“I’m just saying. LeBron wins a couple of titles in Los Angeles, gets four and five rings in Los Angeles, ring six in New York, 37 years old, 38 years old, similar to Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) ring 38 years with the Lakers . I’m just saying. Don’t say it’s impossible”.
Three-time champion James is in the midst of his second season with the Lakers after signing a four-year $ 154 million contract with Los Angeles in July 2018.
Right now, his goal is almost certainly to win an NBA title after the 2019-20 season resumes in late July, but who can say that he won’t take his talents elsewhere once his current contract has expired?
Of course, James will be 37 the next time he enters the free agency, so it is difficult to predict how much gas he will have left in the tank at that point. But it has not yet shown signs of slowing down. So signing a high profile player on his last legs would be a Knicks textbook move.