Rebuilding The New York Knicks
New Knicks President Phil Jackson certainly has his work cut out for him. He’s been tasked with rebuilding the Knicks, and that’s no small feat for a team that’s currently capped out and dealing with multiple injuries to aging players. Carmelo is likely leaving in June, and the Knicks won’t be able to immediately replace a player of his caliber. Here are some of the options for the Knicks when it comes to rebuilding their team.
The draft has become increasingly popular for quick NBA rebuilds. The only problem is that the Knicks don’t own very many draft picks. The Knicks already owe their 2014 1st rounder to Denver in the Carmelo trade. Denver gets the Knicks’ 2016 1st rounder too. 2nd round picks are less valuable, but the Knicks have dealt those too—their 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 2nd round picks have all been traded.
The Knicks might be a lottery team next season, which could enable them to get top quality talent. But that’s the only time they’ll be able to use their own first rounder until 2017. 1st rounders have become extremely valuable in today’s CBA, and it will hurt the Knicks not being able to get good young players on cheap deals.
Here’s where the Knicks expect to make a splash. They won’t sign anyone this year, even as Carmelo bolts. Then, Jackson will let Chandler, Bargnani and Amare come off the books in the summer of 2015.
The team has only $12 million in guaranteed salary for the 2015/2016 season, so the Knicks will be able to use their cap space to secure a major NBA free agent. Free agents that summer include Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert, and DeAndre Jordan. The Knicks hope that they can poach one of those players from their respective teams.
The Knicks still have a few young players that they can count on to improve, most notably wings Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. Both of those players have shown potential, but they’ve been limited in touches and offensive roles because of Carmelo Anthony. With Anthony’s likely departure, both will get the chance to show that they can play at a high level.
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