3 players whose next NBA game could be as members of the Knicks

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Potential future Knicks player: Kevin Love

If you spit out your coffee after clicking to this slide, I forgive you. The 31-year-old forward is due more than $90 million over the next three seasons. Acquiring him would be the exact type of Knicks move that national pundits make a living making fun of the team about.

But if Leon Rose fails to find another avenue to shake up the roster, is it impossible to believe he wouldn’t consider using his excess cap space to acquire Kevin Love, perhaps with an added draft pick attached, and Julius Randle going the other way?

Accounting for the partial guarantee in Randle’s contract for the 2021-22 season, by exchanging him for Love, the Knicks would net roughly $68 million in additional salary commitment over the next three seasons in making this hypothetical move.

While Love is no longer a double-double machine or the type of player you build a franchise around, he is a volume three-point shooter who can still knock them down (37.4% this season), which would complement well with Mitchell Robinson cemented as the center of the future and making an embarrassingly low amount of salary.

While I wouldn’t be in favor of this move, if you asked me whether it’s possible Kevin Love’s next game will be as a New York Knick, I would have to say yes.