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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is reportedly keen to acquire the New York Knicks. In this picture, Bezos attends the Amazon Prime Video's Golden Globe Awards after-party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, Jan. 6, 2019. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

The New York Knicks have had a dismal 2018-19 campaign in the NBA and are currently on course to take the prize for being the worst team in the league with a 15-62 record and five games remaining. They are in serious need of some reinforcements ahead of next season and if former NBA star Charles Oakley is to be believed, they could be in for some new management as well.

Charles Dolan is the owner of the Knicks, but his son James Dolan manages the day-to-day activities of the Madison Square Garden Group that owns the New York franchise. But Oakley believes that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is interested in buying the Knicks.

Bezos is the richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $145.6 billion and will be able to easily acquire the New York franchise if he wishes to, but at the moment there has been no indication that the Knicks are up for sale.

“I heard that. Jeff Bezos wants to buy the Knicks,” Oakley said during an interview with The Ringer. “He wants to do some real estate in New York, so why not buy the Garden.”

“That’s someone you can’t question, he doesn’t have to go get three or four investors, he is the investor himself,” he added talking about the possibility of Bezos buying the New York franchise from Dolan.

The Knicks have had a season to forget and owing to them being the worst team in the league, they are likely to be given the No.1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and will have the chance to sign the highly rated country’s No.1 prospect Zion Williamson. They also have the cap space to sign two top free agents after they traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the year.

The likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson among others will be available in free agency this summer. Durant and Irving have been top of the Knicks wishlist from the start of the campaign, but Oakley believes the Knicks have no chance of landing the duo.

The former NBA star believes his former team has too many problems to deal with at the moment, which, he admits, will see the likes of Durant and Irving staying away at least for the moment. However, he is certain they will land free agents in the summer, but suggested that the best they can hope for is Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker and Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler.