Who in the Southwest division could help improve the New York Knicks’ roster next season?
New York Knicks president Leon Rose is expected to shake up the roster this offseason—whenever it officially gets here. As the majority of the NBA concludes the 2019-20 season in the Orlando bubble, Rose and his front office are surely evaluating impending free agents in deciding how they can re-tool the roster for an improved season under new coach Tom Thibodeau.
The Knicks have several of their own players set to become free agents with several team options and guaranteed deals unlikely to be exercised. As teams react to the new financial conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic, the Knicks will be one team who is flush with cap space.
How they use that cap space is always a point of contention among Knicks fans. As the team has failed to attract a bona-fide max-level player in recent seasons, there is rampant debate over how to allocate future spending on level 2 or level 3 veterans.
Last summer, after striking out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the team, under then-president Steve Mills, decided to take the approach of signing players to short-term deals, with the exception of Julius Randle.
As we prepare for an offseason unlike any in NBA history, I thought it would be fun to go through each of the 29 teams to identify a potential free agent the Knicks could target, or at least it would make sense for them to target.
To break up the series into digestible parts, I will actually pay attention to the NBA’s division structure. We start with the Southwest Division.