The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in DeMar DeRozan as a potential offseason acquisition. It’s an intriguing, if not polarizing, option.
Since Patrick Ewing was unceremoniously traded to the Seattle SuperSonics, the New York Knicks have been star-chasing. There have been some promising acquisitions, as well as those that were necessary evils, but the general theme has been swinging and missing.
As New York prepares for its first offseason under team president Leon Rose, it appears as though they already have a potential free agent in the financial crosshairs.
The Knicks have a young core that’s presently being built around shooting guard RJ Barrett and center Mitchell Robinson. They also have multiple first-round draft picks in 2020 and an abundance of short-term and long-term cap space.
DeRozan declining his option wouldn’t close the door on him re-signing with the Spurs, sources said, but it would definitely open an avenue for a team like the New York Knicks, who are expected to be interested.
It remains possible that DeRozan could either accept his player option or re-sign with the Spurs, but an opportunity to sign an All-Star may present itself to New York.
DeRozan has a player option worth $27,739,975 for the 2020-21 season. One could certainly argue that he should take the money when considering the uncertainty surrounding his market value, but signing a multi-year deal with his age-31 season approaching would be wise.
As for the Knicks, there’s a case to be made for DeRozan being a stepping stone type of signing. There’s also a case to be made that he could be a poor fit for New York, even if he does have more All-Star seasons left in the tank.
Regardless of how you feel about DeMar DeRozan as a fit for the New York Knicks, there are both pros and cons to consider.