Tuesday , May , 13 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Preparing for LeBron James

Come hell or high loss totals along the way, Walsh will get the Knicks under the salary cap by 2010. The Garden is always an attractive place for free agents and landing a players’ coach only sweetens the pot. A person with knowledge of the situation said Bulls players were filling team executive John Paxson’s inbox with text messages, begging him to bring D’Antoni to Chicago.

"They wanted to play for Mike," the person said. And Walsh is banking on this to be just another reason for LeBron James to seriously consider making the Garden his home if he declines a player option and becomes a free agent in 2010.

It would take a lot of payroll maneuvering in the meantime and, perhaps, some tough decisions. As the roster stands, the Knicks will have just $28 million against the cap going into the 2010-11 season. It’s the perfect storm; the best player on the planet is available and the richest team in the league has cap space. [Newsday]