Knicks ‘pur­suit’ of LeBron noth­ing but a pipe dream.

New York looks to be gear­ing up for a run at the King in free agency, even if no one is ad­mit­ting it.

Metro USA (New York) - - News - JOE PANTORNO joseph.pantorno@metro.us

The like­li­hood of LeBron James com­ing to the New York Knicks dur­ing free agency this up­com­ing sum­mer is slim to none. But that hasn’t stopped the or­ga­ni­za­tion from go­ing for it.

A re­port over the week­end by Marc Ber­man of the New York Post dis­closed that team pres­i­dent Steve Mills and gen­eral man­ager Scott Perry reached out to James’ agent, Rich Paul.

How­ever, it wasn’t about James, which could have been clas­si­fied as tam­per­ing con­sid­er­ing the Cava­liers for­ward doesn’t be­come a free agent un­til July 1. In­stead, the Knicks and Paul dis­cussed the cre­den­tials of David Fiz­dale, whom the team hired as their head coach last week.

Even if James wasn’t men­tioned, it very well could have been a move with him in mind.

James worked with Fiz­dale dur­ing his time with the Mi­ami Heat, the lat­ter once an as­sis­tant un­der Erik Spoel­stra. The su­per­star has had noth­ing but good things to say about Fiz­dale, (h/t Cleve­land Plain Dealer): “I think he’s a good coach, a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor. He’s never go­ing to shy away from what­ever he feels is right. I’m happy for Fiz, ob­vi­ously. He gets an op­por­tu­nity to show­case what he’s about. So, we’ll see what hap­pens. Ob­vi­ously, I don’t speak for the Knicks at all, but I’m happy for Fiz.” Fiz­dale him­self ad­mit­ted that he and James have a good re­la­tion­ship due to the fact that there is “re­spect through telling the truth to each other,” (h/t Steve Serby, New York Post) while “be­ing there for each other when we hit the low mo­ments.”

James was one of Fiz­dale’s big­gest sup­port­ers af­ter he was sud­denly fired from his gig as Mem­phis Griz­zlies head coach at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.

Re­gard­less, don’t ex­pect the hir­ing of Fiz­dale to be enough to lure James to Madi­son Square Gar­den this sum­mer. There will be greener pastures call­ing with the likes of young and reload­ing teams like the Philadel­phia 76ers and Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

Com­pared to them, the Knicks have lit­tle to of­fer as their star, Kristaps Porzingis, might not even play in 201819 as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from a torn ACL suf­fered in Fe­bru­ary.

For a vet­eran who will turn 34 mid­way through next sea­son, James doesn’t have time to help com­pletely re­verse the for­tunes of an­other NBA fran­chise like he did with the Cava­liers.

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The Knicks might have picked up a coach LeBron James likes, but that doesn’t mean he’s com­ing to MSG.

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