Knicks: Ranking the likelihood of big name offseason acquisitions

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 12: Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors in action against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on February 12, 2020 in New York City.Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 101-91. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Which top offseason targets will most likely end up as New York Knicks?

When you haven’t played a meaningful basketball game since mid-March, it leaves journalists, bloggers, and fans with very little to talk about other than speculation. For the New York Knicks, the rumor mill is always grinding away. This offseason is no different, especially with a new front office and head coach in place.

Knicks fans have found themselves sifting through constant reports from varied sources in trying to decipher what team president Leon Rose plans to do with his new roster. Will the Knicks trade for Chris Paul? What about Victor Oladipo? Could they sign Fred VanVleet? Maybe Christian Wood? What about a trade for Russell Westbrook? Pick a player, put their name next to the Knicks.

In thinking about the validity of different reports, I thought it would be interesting to rank the top offseason targets based on the likelihood that they actually end up playing in Madison Square Garden next year.

At the end of the day, no matter how many reports come out, it seems like nobody really knows what the new front office plans on doing this offseason. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make educated guesses, using pieces of reported information combined with common sense.

There are several players who could find their way to New York before the next season begins. In this piece, I focus on the big names being floated around on verified and fake Twitter accounts, alike.

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