Knicks interest in Eric Bledsoe could reel in Suns as fourth team

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The Kings are seeking cash compensation in exchange for Perry's departure to New York, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Perry was hired just three months ago as Sacramento's Vice President of Basketball Operations, but was given permission by the Kings to interview for his "dream job" in New York, which happened on Thursday.

Mills returns to the role he held briefly before Jackson was hired in March 2014 and Mills was made general manager.

The Knicks are in complete rebuild mode, and Mills will use Perry's savvy in figuring out the Carmelo Conundrum and whether to force a trade for future assets/cap space. The Knicks management decided to keep Anthony on the roster rather than sending him to Houston. "Nothing comes close to Madison Square Garden for basketball and it is our right and responsibility to showcase that tradition of excellence, day and night".

That's what made Friday's announcement of Steve Mills being promoted to team president, along with the hiring of Scott Perry from the Sacramento Kings as the team's new general manager, all the more confounding.

Harden himself also expected Anthony to join the Rockets, forming the new Big Three and becoming a serious title contender to take on the Golden State Warriors in the 2017-18 season. Perry, meanwhile, seems to be replacing only Jackson.

This is why the culture change talk in New York is so misguided. However, it does make the Suns an intriguing fourth party to execute a trade with the Rockets. He called him a tremendous player, but Harden seemed pretty content with what the Rockets already have. "Our message to our fans is clear: we will be disciplined in sticking to this strategy, hold our players and staff accountable to the high standards that we have set for ourselves, and deliver results". In other words: We're going to be young and terrible.

Following the failed deal, the Knicks will definitely offer two options to Anthony.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Preldzic began playing professionally in 2003 and spent eight seasons (2007-15) with Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey) of the EuroLeague. It'll take a lot more than bringing in one man - and replacing no one else - to have one of those.