New York Knicks
The New York Knicks have signed guard Arron Afflalo, center Robin Lopez and forwards Derrick Williams and Kyle O’Quinn.
It’s Las Vegas summer league basketball. Who cares, right? Well, at least this year, Knicks fans should care very much.
The Knicks are in a long-term rebuild and getting a player with that type of upside is exactly the type of asset they should be targeting.
They say there’s no better place to win than the Big Apple. Tell that to a big-time basketball player who finds the weather and the winning much more palatable in the world west of the Hudson.
Center Robin Lopez will be joining the Knicks and turning New York’s NBA rivalry into a family affair, sources said Friday.
The preference would be for Anthony to play power forward, so the Knicks should target a small forward or shooting guard to fill that void.
“I just feel that Carmelo, he is a bit soft. And now, this is just my own personal opinion, I think he is soft. I don’t think he has a killer instinct in his eyes, at least this last year.”
The Milwaukee Bucks have landed their big man, and the Knicks are left searching for one.
There are still plenty of useful players available that can help the Knicks build for the future in different ways, whether it be in free agency or via trade.
Carmelo Anthony’s former teammate will sign a $16 million deal with an opt-out option after next season, CBS Sports’ Ken Berger reports.
Despite approximately $27 million in cap space, bringing a marquee free agent to New York could be a hard sell after the Knicks’ franchise-worst 17-65 finish.
Sign the best available players that could be good assets, and provide the team flexibility as it tries to make moves over the next couple of years to get back to relevance.
Monroe averaged 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 0.5 blocks for the Pistons last season.
Ideally, anyone joining the Knicks should be younger than 30, play both ends of the floor and be a good value. Let’s take a look at the options.
The Knicks have virtually no size on their roster, save for project Kristaps Porzingis. They need a rim protector. They need someone that can play, score, and pass out of the post.