This summer will determine whether this ranking is far too high or laughably low. For now, that means it should be just right.
The’Bockers are a blank canvas. The Kristaps Porzingis deadline bargain erased all long-term obligations. Their highest 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 , it is not impossible to discover a scenario in which Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis all call Madison Square Garden home next season.
Is it likely? Not in the least. However, if the Knicks have their built-in market benefits, plus plenty of cap room and a good shot at securing the No. 1 pick, that’s an army of assets most clubs would struggle to match.
Of course, there’s also an flooring.
Cap distance might not mean Irving and/or Durant. Maybe it’s Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton. Maybe it’s no one. Considering that the revamped lottery chances, the Knicks may end up drafting fifth or fourth. So, rather than Zion Williamson (along with a possible route to Davis), possibly the draft haul is just Cam Reddish or Jarrett Culver.
New York has some youth set up, although its possible remains in flux. While Mitchell Robinson appears before 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.
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