This summer will determine whether this standing is way too high or laughably low. For now, that means it ought to be just right.
The’Bockers are a blank canvas. The Kristaps Porzingis deadline deal erased all long-term commitments. Their highest guaranteed salary for next season is Frank Ntilikina’s $4.9 million. No dream is too big for the Knicks right now. Since Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale broke down, it’s not impossible to discover a situation where 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 marketplace advantages, plus plenty of cap room and a good shot at securing the No. 1 pick, that is an army of resources many clubs will struggle to match.
There’s also an underground floor.
Cap distance may not imply Irving or Durant. Maybe it’s Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton. Perhaps it’s no one. Considering that the revamped lottery odds, the Knicks may end up drafting fifth or fourth. So, rather than Zion Williamson (and a possible path to Davis), maybe the draft haul is just Cam Reddish or even Jarrett Culver.
New York has some childhood in place, although its possible remains in flux. While Mitchell Robinson appears ahead of schedule and Allonzo Trier has been a tremendous surprise, Kevin Knox looks predictably raw. Moreover, Dennis Smith Jr. is far from a sure thing, and Ntilikina’s outlook is cloudy at best.
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