New York Knicks: What the wild offseason means for future of NYK

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: Carmelo Anthony
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: Carmelo Anthony /
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The New York Knicks have gone through a very dramatic offseason. Here’s where they stand at this point, with July in the books and August beginning.

The New York Knicks are currently in the midst of a so-called culture change. Phil Jackson was recently fired, and current general manager Scott Perry was hired 16 days later. The Perry hiring helped the franchise form the NBA’s only African-American front office duo.

However, there’s more work to be done in order to truly turn this franchise around.

Carmelo Anthony is not interested in sticking it out for the long haul. Frank Ntilikina didn’t play in any of the Knicks’ Summer League games due to injury. Tim Hardaway Jr., a solid player, is returning to the team after a stint in Atlanta—but is getting paid like a perennial All-Star.

Most recently, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, arguably the most skilled point guard in the Eastern Conference, requested a trade. Not only was New York on his list, but he reportedly wants to play for the Knicks—”Very badly”.

Questions, of course, still remain. How can ‘Melo be involved in a trade that benefits the Knicks? Is Ntilikina NBA ready, and is he really going to be better than someone like Dennis Smith Jr.?

Why was Hardaway Jr. signed to that extensive contract? And is there any chance to acquire Irving?

Let’s answer those questions.