New York Knicks: The 5 biggest offseason storylines

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What will be the New York Knicks’ approach this offseason?

In his post-game interview, Derrick Rose said that he hopes to back next season but stated that the Knicks front office has “big plans” this summer. What exactly does this mean? Will the Knicks go big fish hunting and swing for a superstar via trade?

The free-agent market looks like the shallow end at the community pool. Of course, things could get really interesting if players like Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul opt out of their contracts. There have already been reports that Paul will test the market, but that doesn’t seem likely when he has $40 million reasons to opt-in with the Suns. Mike Conley, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan are other names to watch but expect the Knicks to continue to make improvements on the margins and target guys like Kelly Olynyck, Evan Fournier, maybe even Lonzo Ball and/or Norman Powell.

The “big plans” quote is most likely referencing a trade scenario where the Knicks try to bring a star to the big apple. Everyone and their mother will be monitoring Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal, yet the Knicks might find it more prudent to target players like Zach LaVine, Malcolm Brogdon, or Buddy Hield.

Following the Knicks’ loss during game five of the first round of the playoffs, Tom Thibodeau commented on the effectiveness of the Hawks placing shooting around All-Star point guard Trae Young.

Whoever is the Knicks target, it’s imperative that they need a dominant scorer, and/or a playmaker who can break down the defense and get others involved on an elite level (sorry Elf).