With this season for the New York Knicks a lost cause, the Knickerbockers are surely looking forward to the offseason. With a projected $33 million of cap room, expect the Knicks to make massive changes to this underachieving roster.
With the season a bit more than halfway done, the Knicks have already been linked with a handful of players they could possibly acquire in the coming months, whether it be in a trade or through free agency. Here is a rundown of everyone they’ve been linked to
One of the strongest possibilities to the Knicks, Harris reportedly wants to come to the Knicks to help win a championship. The small forward grew up and attended high school on Long Island, and he also is good friends with Carmelo Anthony. The two worked out together in Manhattan this past summer.
Harris is a similar player to Carmelo Anthony, which could cause some problems if he does indeed come to New York. He is a ball dominant player, evident by his 17.8 points per game to just 1.9 assists per game. He may not be a good fit for the triangle.
He also is a restricted free agent and could be costly. He declined a 4 year, 36 million dollar deal to extend his contract with the Magic. Orlando clearly wants to keep him, so they will most likely match any contract the Knicks offer him unless the Knicks overpay.
Jackson has been in a slump in the month of January, averaging only 9.7 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, and 3.1 assists per game. Since the return of Russell Westbrook and acquisition of Dion Waiters, Jackson has seen a drop off in minutes, resulting in a drop off in his play.
In November though, Jackson was excellent. In 14 games he averaged 19.5 points per game on 42% shooting, as well as 7.5 assists per game and 5.3 rebounds per game. While the Thunder were 3-11 in those games, he is only 24 and still developing his game. Like Harris though, Jackson is a restricted free agent. The Knicks have tried trading for him, but don’t have many assets they could give up for the point guard. He may be tough to land.
The grand prize of this summers free agent class, Marc Gasol won’t be easy to attain. He is a prototypical triangle big man, with the ability to pass and knock down mid range jumpers. Gasol is averaging 19.3 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game. He has lead Memphis to a 31-12 start to the season, good for home court advantage in the brutal Southwestern division.
Gasol’s brother Pau has said its a possibility Marc joins the Knicks this summer, but those comments were made before the start of the season. Since then, the Grizzlies have risen to be a powerhouse in the league, and the Knicks imploded. It won’t be easy to lure the Spaniard to Manhattan.
Dragic has a $7.5 million player option this summer, which he surely will decline to cash in on a bigger payday. Dragic is averaging 16.1 points per game on 49.1% shooting, and 4.1 assists per game. While the assists are low, the Suns operate a fast, uptempo offense with few set plays. With a system such as the triangle, the Slovenian point guard should flourish. He has said the Knicks are an option as well for him
“You know, I think New York, they have great base of fans, great basketball organization. In the past few years, they didn’t play so well, but like I said before, that luck can change quick.”
It may be hard to target him, as he has played in Phoenix his whole career and his brother Zoran is on the team.
Aldridge has professed his love for Portland, and has said last summer he intends to resign with the franchise long term this summer. The Knicks still have plans to woo him though, and have him ink a deal with the team. He has been a target for years now, as the Knicks attempted to trade for him two summers ago, before having to settle for Andrea Bargnani.
Aldridge is having an all-star season, averaging 23.2 points per game, 10.2 rebounds per game, and 2 assists per game. Aldridge is one of the best big men in the league with his back to the basket skills and mid-range game. With the Blazers being a small market team, they could focus their attention on Damian Lillard rather than Aldridge, which would be best case scenario for the Knicks.
The sharp shooting guard could be a cap causality of the Trail Blazers, and the Knicks should be one of the first teams to try and lure him. If the Blazers focus on Aldridge and Lillard, Matthews might be let go.
Matthews is predominantly a scorer, averaging 16.5 points per game on 46% shooting and 40% from deep. He also is averaging a steal a game, and is a solid defender. He will likely warrant about $9 million a year, which will be a very affordable deal for the Knicks.
Love was being pursued by the Knicks this summer, who tried to pull off a blockbuster trade to acquire the star from Minnesota. Instead, he ended up in Cleveland where he has been a bad fit, and Cavaliers head coach David Blatt has said he doesn’t believe the power forward is a max contract player.
Love is averaging 17.5 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game on 43% shooting, and 33% from downtown. This is coming off a career year for love, where he averaged 26.1 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, 4.4 assists per gaem, while shooting 46% overall and 38% from deep.
While he struggles on defense, he still could be a nice fit for the triangle with his three point shooting ability. While it isn’t a given he will opt out and become a free agent, if he does, expect it to be a three way battle between the Knicks, Lakers, and Cavaliers to sign him.
Monroe is only 24, and has a bright future ahead of him. The power forward is averaging a double double, with 15 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game. While he struggles with his mid range game, he’s still a very talented rebounder and back to the basket player.
After dumping off Josh Smith, Monroe has excelled as the teams number one low post offensive player. Expect to see the Pistons do everything in their power to sign him, but the Knicks should try to get in on the bidding war too.
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