NY Knicks - Offseason Forecast
With all but eight teams left in the Playoffs, I wanted to turn my attention to those teams who've already eliminated and look towards next season. First up, the NY Knicks...
A team that surprised the league late in the season and ended up with the 4 Seed behind Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau and Most Improved Player Julius Randle.
Already signed through next season:
With the core group of Randle, Barrett, Quickley and Robinson all returning, as well as young talent in Knox and Toppin, the Knicks will have a great path forward to come back strong. I expect them to prioritize resigning Rose and Noel, but wouldn't be surprised in Gibson is brought back as well.
Going into next season, the Knicks have up to $70 million in cap space available and I expect them to go all in with contracts and trades.
Biggest FA Needs:
Shooting Guard and Small Forward, specifically offensive minded for both. Gary Harris or Spencer Dinwiddie would both be good guard options, whereas someone like Rudy Gay would back sense as a backup SF.
Potential Trade Target: CJ McCollum from the Trailblazers.
The Trailblazers are likely looking to change things up with their 4th 1st Round exit in 5 years and McCollum would be a logical place to start. The Knicks have the cap room to absorb his $30 million dollar contact and would likely get good value on the trade for being willing to take on the contract. McCollum would be a great fit on the Knicks as he is an offensively minded SG with serious defensive flaws who could be lifted up by the Knicks excellent team defense.
I personally could see a trade being based around McCollum for Toppin that could make both teams better.
What do you think? Will the Knicks focus more on Free Agency or make a big splash like trading for McCollum?