New York Knicks: 5 steps for a successful offseason

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Aug 14, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots the ball during the first quarter against the LA Clippers at The Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports /

4) Acquire veteran shooting on the free agent market

The most glaring need on the Knicks’ roster is shooting. RJ Barrett finished 8th in Rookie of the Year voting and was left off both All-Rookie teams despite high expectations entering the season. You could argue the most limiting factor for the 2019 third overall pick was the spacing around him. It proved challenging for Barrett to thrive in lineups that clogged his path to the hoop and offered little support in the form of outside shooting.

There are several free agents on the market who could instantly help the Knicks improve their floor spacing. A most obvious example is former Knick Danilo Gallinari. At 32-years-of-age, Gallo has only improved his shot over his career. He has finished in the top 20 of the league among three-point accuracy over the past two seasons.

New York could also look to steal Joe Harris away from the Nets, hoping a competitive offer would make it difficult for Brooklyn to match given their luxury tax position.

With plenty of cap space, the Knicks can afford to overpay for a veteran shooter, especially on a short-term deal, if it means adding a player who can play on the wing next to their young cornerstone pieces in Mitchell Robinson and RJ Barrett.

Some offseason decisions are complicated, this one isn’t. The Knicks need shooting. There are plenty of attractive options on the free agent market. They just need to go out and spend their money on someone who knows how to put the ball in the hoop consistently from the perimeter.