It was not a great opening 24 hours of free agency for the New York Knicks. The second 24 hours are shaping up to be much better.
Before talks with Amar'e Stoudemire made significant progress , the Knicks met with Dwyane Wade. The Knicks have brought out the big guns again to try and lure Wade, and it appears they made an impact.
ESPN New York reports that Wade came out of the meeting, and in a rare move from one of the vaunted "Big 3," made a statement that wasn't via Twitter. Via ESPN:
"It was a good meeting, a real good meeting," Wade said after the meeting that lasted about two hours and 15 minutes. "I will say I'm intrigued."
Now, that's far from any sort of thing resembling the beginning of a start to approaching a commitment, but it is a public recognition of one of the free-agency suitors as a positive influence. And coming on the heels of a day where LeBron James is said to have been less impressed with the Knicks , this was a pretty big sign for them.
The combination of Wade and Stoudemire would instantly make the Knicks into the contenders this free-agency period was supposed to mold them into. They're a long way from paydirt, but after an opening round that saw them get their bell rung by their neighbors in Jersey/Brooklyn, the reports coming out today were much better for the Knicks.