New York Knicks: 5 Decisions That Will Influence Free Agency

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Much will occur between now and July. These five crucial decisions will go a long way towards influencing how the New York Knicks approach free agency.

Mar 8, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles the ball up court in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Team president Phil Jackson is approaching one of the most influential periods of free agency in New York Knicks history. With a 32-year-old franchise player and a 20-year-old who’s next-in-line, New York needs to find middle-ground as it attempts to build a contender.

The short-term future of the organization could fall to pieces if the Knicks fail to handle the months leading up to free agency in the proper manner.

Five critical decisions will determine just how well-prepared the Knicks are for free agency. Some rest in the hands of players who could severely alter New York’s cap space, and others are based entirely on how the front office handles crucial decisions.

A mishandling of such events would severely limit New York’s options.

With the 2016 NBA Draft set to transpire on June 23, and free agency starting shortly thereafter, the Knicks are facing incomparable pressure. This offseason will play its part in determining the validity and success of Jackson’s vision as team president.

Regardless of which way the pendulum swings, the following five decisions will heavily impact the outcome of free agency.

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