We are a bit into the off-season now, but the New York Knicks still have some work to do before next season. First, lets recap what they have done so far.
- Drafted Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson & Ognjen Jaramaz
- Fired Phil Jackson!!!!
- Ron Baker tweets he is re-signing with the Knicks
- Offer Tim Hardaway Jr. 4-years/$71M (Hawks can match, most likely won’t)
So far, very confusing. They should have fired Phil before the draft and hired a new President. This way the new President could draft who he wanted. Ron Baker signing is not official, but I do like bringing him back. Why, why, why .. Tim Hardaway 4-years/$71M!? REALLY!? He is going to be paid more than Dion Waiters, who in my opinion is a better player than Hardaway. Ugh .. typical life of a Knicks’ fan.
Anyway lets move onto what they need to do for the rest of the off-season:
- Sign a veteran Point Guard
- Trade Courtney Lee
- Trade Carmelo Anthony
- Trade Joakim Noah?
The first order of business for the Knicks should be to sign a veteran Point Guard. They want to find a mentor for Frank Ntilikina. Remember, he is only 18 years old! It would be a tough task for him to come in and start for the Knicks right away. The Knicks have been connected to Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Shelvin Mack. Reportedly, they are not looking to add any of the Point Guards for more than one-year or too a lucrative deal. Not sure if any of them will be a great mentor for Frank, but there are not many options out there. Mack has never been a big producer in any category and he may not be a starting Point Guard. Rose and Rondo have their character issues. Not sure if that is who you want mentoring your future Point Guard. Do not sign any of these players. You will find out why as you keep reading.
If the Knicks do sign Hardaway, they will have invested $191.6M between him, Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah. MIND BOGGLING! Since they will sign Hardaway, their next need must be to trade away Lee. They are both shooting guards and neither of them are worth all that money to be on the same team. Three teams I can see Lee being moved to are the Grizzlies, Thunder and Pelicans. All three can use some scoring at the Shooting Guard position. The Pelicans and Grizzlies have some cap issues and it may be too hard to make an easy trade with the Knicks for Lee. I see the Thunder being the likeliest destination for Lee. There are two trade scenarios they can explore. The first being shipping off Lee for Alex Abrines, Kyle Singler and a second round pick. Both contracts are cheaper than Lee’s and Abrines comes off the books a year before Lee would. The trade I really like for the Knicks with the Thunder would be this: Courtney Lee and Kyle O’Quinn for Enes Kanter. There have been reports the Thunder are trying to move Kanter and the Knicks are trying to move Lee and O’Quinn. Kanter is still young with some upside and is only on the books for two years. Lee is on the books for three more years and O’Quinn would be thrown in to even out the contracts.
Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets. The Phoenix Suns would need to get involved as well to complete this deal. The rumors are starting to heat up and I have outlined this already in another article. You can check it out here: Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets.
Ok so yeah the Knicks are stuck with Noah. It was just a pipe dream, but no one wants that contract. Fucking Phil Jackson …
Possible Knicks Starting 5 after all of this is said and done (check out the Melo to Houston article it will make a lot of sense):
PG Eric Bledsoe
SG Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF Trevor Ariza
PF Kristaps Porzingis
C Enes Kanter