3 Disastrous mistakes Knicks must avoid making this offseason

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There are so many directions the Knicks could take this offseason regarding the structure of their roster. While it seems like Leon Rose could be a little more aggressive than in previous years, fans still aren’t sure the degree in which he will pursue stars.

Regardless of whether or not this is Rose’s plan, there are still some things he should avoid doing at all costs. Whether they have short or long-term consequences, the Knicks must not pull off these three moves during the offseason.

3 disastrous mistakes the New York Knicks must avoid making this offseason

3. Not re-signing Josh Hart

While he may have had a relatively disappointing second-round series against the Miami Heat, there are few doubts surrounding how valuable Josh Hart was for the Knicks since the team traded for him. The energy and versatility he brought on both sides of the ball were super important for the Knicks’ playoff aspirations and went a long way in their first-round victory against the Cavaliers.

It’s clear that Hart loves the city and wishes to remain a Knick for a long time. However, his value on the open market may be much more than originally anticipated. Before being traded to the Knicks, Hart was playing at a solid level. After being traded to New York, Hart emerged as a borderline star and was a huge reason for the Knicks’ late-season success.

In the 25 games Hart played with the Knicks, he averaged 10.2 points,7.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game while shooting an absolutely ridiculous 58.6% from the field and 51.9% from three on 2.1 attempts. These numbers, alongside the things he brought to the game that won’t show up on a stat sheet, cannot be underestimated when talking about a potential extension this offseason.

Who knows what kind of money Hart will be looking for this offseason, but as long as it’s not too crazy of a price tag, there are zero excuses not to bring him back. Not only will this hurt the team’s chances of having another similar season in terms of success, but we’re sure Jalen Brunson wouldn’t be too happy either.