1. Add a star-level player to play alongside Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle
One of the biggest issues with the Knicks since the Tom Thibodeau and Julius Randle era is that the team hasn’t had a consistent third option on offense.
While fans were hopeful that RJ Barrett would take this role last season, it didn’t happen, and the Knicks may need to prepare for life without Barrett. He may still have potential, but if New York wants to take its championship window seriously, it can’t afford to waste time on the hope that Barrett will become a star.
Whether it be before the season starts, at the deadline, or entering next season, the Knicks may look into acquiring a third star to play with Randle and Brunson. Whether it be a top-level player like Joel Embiid or a borderline All-Star like Zach LaVine, the Knicks will likely be active and involved in rumors about who they could trade for.
Even if they acquire a good 3-and-D wing like Mikal Bridges or OG Anunoby, the team will benefit greatly. However, it’s more likely that we see Leon Rose go for a major star instead of a more consistent role player. Regardless, something needs to change offensively, as the Knicks need more on-and-off ball creators, so adding a player like LaVine may be a perfect move.
Regardless of who they add, fans should be hopeful that Rose won’t waste the window the Knicks have. You never know who could be made available. What we do know, though, is that Rose will be ready with a hefty trade package. The Knicks have copious amounts of assets to acquire whatever top player is made available, but Rose just has to use said assets properly.