New York Knicks retrospective: Rounding up summer rumors

A look back at a handful of summer rumors for the New York Knicks that developed, whether they came to fruition or not.

The summer was eventful for the New York Knicks. From redesigning the roster to the chaotic leadup to the NBA Draft, there was not a shortage of conversation on what could happen before the 2019-20 season.

Besides the failed signings of free agency’s biggest names, the Knicks were still involved in various offseason rumors. From the draft to players they wanted to sign, it made for a never-ending discussion.

So, with the season preparation about to start, let’s look back at some of the summer’s reports surrounding the Knicks:

  • Before the NBA draft, the New York Knicks were rumored to be exploring a trade-back in the first round; they did not win the lottery, and Zion Williamson went to the New Orleans Pelicans. Of course, RJ Barrett eventually went No. 3 overall.
  • Even further back, the Knicks were reportedly interested in Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier. Free agency saw Rozier sign a lucrative three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, while Morris reneged the San Antonio Spurs and joined New York on a one-year contract, creating some offseason controversy.
  • Despite remaining on the roster for training camp, Frank Ntilikina was a frequent part of trade rumors before the draft; the Knicks reportedly sought a draft pick in return. Now, the Frenchman must climb his way into a depth-filled roster.
  • In early June, RJ Barrett reportedly declined to work out for the Memphis Grizzlies, who owned the No. 2 pick in the draft. The Duke product was “excited” about landing with the Knicks. Murray State’s Ja Morant went to Memphis with their selection.
  • The Knicks reportedly had interest in a one-year deal for DeMarcus Cousins. That never happened, as he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers at a significantly reduced rate, suffered a torn ACL in August and was accused of domestic violence soon after. Players like Morris, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis were signed for the frontcourt.
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More rumors will follow the New York Knicks as the 2019-20 season starts.

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