NY Knicks: The 3 most unlikely players to be on next year’s roster

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As this is being written, the NY Knicks are coming off of a heartbreaking, overtime loss to the Lakers with 3 games left on the schedule.

Needless to say, these games are all must-win games.

As a fan, I’m very much so living in the here and now but as a journalist, I do need to look toward the future for what’s to come.

Covering the Knicks has been a ton of fun this year. They’ve embodied the quintessential Cinderella story.

They went from ashy to classy real quick.

As a team that was viewed as a bottom dweller before the season kicked off, ESPN estimated they’d win no more than 24 games or so.

The Knicks have performed well beyond expectations due to some key contributors coming in during the offseason and players like RJ Barrett and most notably Julius Randle really stepping things up.

Who do you think the NY Knicks will let go of this offseason?

Behind an All-Star caliber performance this season, Randle is likely to win the Most Improved Player award this year.

As I said, a lot of fun to both watch and cover.

The Knicks have accomplished something that many thought would be impossible with the pieces they’ve got on the current roster.

They’re guaranteed a spot in the playoffs and cannot fall out of the top-6 seeds at this point.

The beauty of where the Knicks’ roster stands is that they have a ton of roster flexibility this offseason.

So getting substantially better should not be all that difficult.

The problem with getting better is that some players whom we’ve grown attached to likely aren’t going to be around during the following season.

As we say, Once a Knick, Always a Knick…

But these are the 3 players I believe who are the least likely to be on next season’s roster.