This summer will ascertain whether this standing is way too high or laughably low. For the time being, that means it should be just perfect.
The’Bockers are a blank canvas. The Kristaps Porzingis deadline bargain erased most of long-term commitments. Their greatest guaranteed salary for next season is Frank Ntilikina’s $4.9 million. No dream is too big for the Knicks right now. As Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale broke down, it’s not impossible to discover a situation in which Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis all call Madison Square Garden house next year.
Is it likely? Not in the least. However, if the Knicks have their built-in market benefits, plus loads of cap room and a decent shot at securing the No. 1 choice, that is an army of resources most clubs would struggle to match.
Of course, there’s also an underground floor to take into account.
Cap distance may not imply Irving and/or Durant. Maybe it’s Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton. Maybe it’s not any 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 only Cam Reddish or Jarrett Culver.
New York already has some youth set up, although its potential is in flux. While Mitchell Robinson appears ahead of schedule and Allonzo Trier was a tremendous surprise, Kevin Knox looks predictably raw. Moreover, Dennis Smith Jr. is far from a sure thing, also Ntilikina’s prognosis is cloudy at best.
Read more: topekahockeytalk.com