NY Knicks: The 3 biggest needs for the team this offseason

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A Superstar wing will help to elevate the NY Knicks

As much as I’ve grown to love Reggie Bullock, and need him to come back to the Knicks next year as well as for the foreseeable future, I just don’t view him as a starting-caliber player.

Yes, he’s played well this season as a primary wing scorer and defender but his skill set is far better suited in a reserve role.

The benefit of having a guy like Reggie back next year is that he can come in and start in a pinch and has already built tons of chemistry with the starters, most notably Julius Randle.

At this point, the Knicks would be outright stupid to let Reggie walk unless he asked for a ridiculous amount of money on his next contract which I highly doubt he does.

That being said, upgrading on the wing is a necessity for the Knicks to make the jump to the next level.

Here are a few upgrades I thought about…some are far more likely to happen than others but at the end of the day, this is all speculative anyway, right?

  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Bradley Beal
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Norman Powell
  • TJ Warren

Obviously, Kawhi coming to the Knicks would be a pipe dream and a half, but crazier things have happened.

A trade for Bradley Beal would be my ideal situation but would admittedly decimate the roster.

DeRozan is an interesting idea because he’s really stepped things up this season and has basically been playing every position from 1 through 4 at any given moment. He’s become a much better playmaker and is still an elite scorer even without improving his ability to sink shots from 3-point range.

Duncan Robinson would also be very interesting but I don’t see the Heat letting him go unless someone comes in and overpays for him, which I do see at least one team out there doing…so hard pass.

Powell was a major darkhorse target of mine at the trade deadline back in March and I think he would fit tremendously with this Knicks team, but after seeing what Portland gave up to acquire him, I doubt he’s going anywhere.

TJ Warren is a very, VERY intriguing name that a reader of the site suggested. He’s coming off of a left foot fracture so he could likely come in via trade for the low. I don’t want to dive too deep here because I may write an entire article on the prospect of bringing Warren in and the details.