New York Knicks Offseason Strategy: Prey on the Weak

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 08: Chris Paul #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder brings the ball up court during the second quarter of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 08, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 08: Chris Paul #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder brings the ball up court during the second quarter of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 08, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – MARCH 08: Chris Paul #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder brings the ball up court during the second quarter of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 08, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) /

The New York Knicks can rebuild their roster by preying on the weak.


Potential trades and free agent acquisitions are a year-round source of conversation for New York Knicks fans. The chatter gets racketed up as we approach the draft and the start of free agency. This offseason, the chatter is at a new level due to the current economic environment. The uncertainty provides the Knicks a unique opportunity to actually follow through on the most tantalizing rumors.

While the Knicks should approach every transaction with a clear and focused objective, this offseason presents the franchise the opportunity to accelerate their plan by preying on the weak. Let me explain.

C.R.E.A.M. – Cash Rules Everything Around Me

As discussed in the article “How New York can set themselves apart in the NBA,” the Knicks have a significant financial advantage over most franchises in the league. Let’s be honest, money is a major factor in a lot decisions that teams make, especially the small market ones.

Even in a great economic environment you still have franchises compromising the product on the court in order to protect their bottom line.

This offseason we’re going to see more of these type of transactions than ever before. Expect to hear the term “cash considerations, which the Blazers social media account made famous.

In thinking about players who could become available due to their contract size, there are several who have been tied to the Knicks.

  • Chris Paul – PG – OKC – 2 years/$85.6M
  • Mike Conley Jr. – PG – Utah – 1 year/$34.5M
  • Victor Oladipo – SG – Indiana – 1 year/$21M

Let’s discuss each player in detail.