LONDON — Jahlill Okaof was a bit taken aback when he heard the Knicks were interested in signing the 6-foot-10 forward.
The Los Angeles Lakers were among the teams that inquired about Okaif, who is scheduled to become a free agent Thursday, but the Knicks are reportedly interested in re-signing him, according to a source close to the situation.
Okaof, 27, played five seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets before signing a two-year deal with the Lakers.
Okasof averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 31 games this season for the Lakers, who went 27-12 and advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2003.
The 6-11 Okafors three-point shooting has been a point of contention in recent years, but his rebounding is not the only thing that has intrigued New York.
The Knicks are also considering a big-money trade to acquire veteran center Amar’e Stoudemire.
Stoudemires salary will be about $6 million in 2017-18.
New York will pay Stoudems $10.2 million in 2016-17, but will get another $2.5 million next season.
Stroudes cap number is projected to be $23 million.
Okeke also has his sights set on re-joining the New York Knicks, according with ESPN.
He has been linked to the Knicks multiple times, and he wants to be a part of their next wave of talent.
Okes salary in 2017 will be $12 million.