This summer will determine whether this standing is far too high or laughably low. For now, so it should be just perfect.
The’Bockers are a blank canvas. The Kristaps Porzingis deadline deal erased most of long-term commitments. Their greatest guaranteed salary for next season is Frank Ntilikina’s $4.9 million. No dream is too large for the Knicks right now. Since Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale broke down, it is not impossible to discover a situation in which Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis all call Madison Square Garden house next season.
Is it possible? Not in the least. But when the Knicks have all their built-in marketplace advantages, plus plenty of cap room and a decent shot at securing the No. 1 pick, that’s an army of assets many clubs will struggle to match.
There’s also an underground flooring to consider.
Cap distance may not imply Irving and/or Durant. Perhaps It’s Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton. Maybe it’s no one. Given the revamped lottery odds, the Knicks might end up drafting fourth or fifth. So, instead of Zion Williamson (along with a potential path to Davis), maybe the draft haul is just Cam Reddish or Jarrett Culver.
New York already has some childhood in place, although its potential remains in flux. While Mitchell Robinson appears before schedule and Allonzo Trier has been a huge surprise, Kevin Knox looks predictably raw. Additionally, Dennis Smith Jr. is far from a sure thing, and Ntilikina’s prognosis is cloudy at best.
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