NY Knicks: Spending big on multiple free agents would be a mistake

Lonzo Ball, New York Knicks. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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NY Knicks: Every free agent comes with risk

Top Unrestricted Free Agents 2021:

  • Norman Powell
  • DeMar DeRozan
  • Spencer Dinwiddie
  • Evan Fournier
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Mike Conley
  • Dennis Schroder
  • Kelly Oubre

For restricted free agents, the biggest names would be Lonzo Ball and John Collins.

All of these players are going to get somewhere in the 15-25 million dollar per year range. This is NBA free agency, where every big free agent signing is going to get the “overpaid” reaction from the internet.

You could make an argument for every single one of these players that they could help solve 1 or 2 issues for the NY Knicks.

The other thing is… Is there anyone you feel confident about? By confident, I mean, is there a player that comes with little risk? Because every single one of these players, whether it’s age, injuries, limitations as a player, has a cause for concern. Especially when you consider they’re going to get a large contract.

This is where the discussion gets divisive. I’ve already written about why I think Spencer Dinwiddie is worth the risk. I’ve written about why I would be terrified to sign DeMar DeRozan.

There are valid counterpoints to both of those opinions.

I don’t want to say that the uncertainty and risk involved around these names means to avoid everyone at all costs. The Knicks still want to upgrade their roster.

Still, limiting their spending to maybe just 1 of these players and some smaller role players may be the wise decision. This team wants to stay flexible because there could be some huge names available in the not-so-distant future.