As the New York Knicks look to revamp their roster, these three guards have been linked to them as possible additions.
It has been nearly five months since Leon Rose took over as president of the New York Knicks. On the date he officially received his new title, the Knicks beat the Houston Rockets behind RJ Barrett’s best game as a professional. A lot has happened since then, mostly off the court.
Where Rose has been most busy is restructuring the front office. He hired cap specialist Brock Aller, scouting guru Walt Perrin, professional scout Frank Zanin, a prodigy scout in Alex Kline, and exercised the option for Scott Perry to return as general manager in 2020-21.
With the front office taking shape, the next item on the to-do list is to hire a new coach. Rose plans on interviewing 8-10 candidates, with nine, including incumbent Mike Miller, already known to the public. Former Knicks assistant Tom Thibodeau appears to be the front-runner, but there is also internal support for former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, per SNY. Perhaps a dark-horse candidate emerges from the field of assistants granted interviews.
With a new front office, coach, and eventual lottery pick, it will finally be time to explore veteran options to help improve New York’s roster.
The free agency period has been pushed to October due to the pandemic. It’s impossible to predict what the market will look like in the aftermath of a wild and crazy season that has seen revenues impacted by international affairs (Rockets-China) and a global health crisis.
Trades are always on the table, too.
After considering some of the forwards who have been linked to the Knicks in free agency, let’s review a few guards who have seen their names attached to New York since Rose took over as team president.