November 8, 2020, 6:01 pm
Knicks trying to move up into lottery, both No. 8 and No. 23 are in play — Sports Illustrated, November 18
Knicks said to be fans of Payton Pritchard, potential No. 27 pick — Stefan Bondy, November 12
Knicks have held workout with Saddiq Bey — The Athletic, November 12
Isaac Okoro has interviewed with Knicks — The Athletic, November 12
Knicks reach out to Tyrell Terry for second interview — Mike Vorkunov, November 12
Knicks have held in-person workout with Devin Vassell — Keith Smith, November 12
Report: Knicks could entertain trade up to No. 2 — ESPN, November 11
Obi Toppin works out for four teams, including the Knicks — James Ham, November 11
Knicks have shown ‘particular interest’ in Josh Green — NY Post, November 5
Knicks use one of their 10 in-person workouts on Alabama’s Kira Lewis Jr. — NY Post, October 28
Knicks have spoken to Killian Hayes, Tyrese Haliburton and LaMelo Ball over Zoom — Ian Begley, October 28
Free Agency Rumors
Some within Knicks view Danilo Gallinari as possible add — SNY.tv, November 14
Knicks on shortlist of ‘viable’ spots for Russell Westbrook trade — Marc Stein, November 12
Knicks could target Davis Bertans with lucrative offer — NBC Sports, November 9
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Knicks’ radar — NY Post, November 6
Knicks targeting 3-and-D wing Justin Holiday — SNY.tv, November 6
Christian Wood a primary target for Knicks — SNY.tv, November 3
Knicks willing to take on undesirable contract for assets — SNY.tv, October 27
Fred VanVleet a target for Knicks in free agency — SNY.tv, October 5
How’d We Get Here?
How much time you got? New York didn’t even get a call back from the top free agents and instead chased the second and third tiers. Julius Randle got a big deal to play a role that leans into his worst tendencies. The Knicks also signed a bunch of power forwards to ensure that Kevin Knox, their lottery pick from a year ago, would get limited run. They collected a bunch of mediocre point guards and flat-out refused to play lineups that had any semblance of floor-spacing. RJ Barrett got to play a lot in lineups that didn’t make sense, and he’ll get to do a lot more of that next year with Tom Thibodeau calling the shots.
Leon Rose took a refreshingly common-sense approach to the offseason, clearing some of the frontcourt logjam and actually pursuing good, low-cost players in free agency rather than spending to spend. The Knicks swung some minor deals to add future picks and look like they’ll give this roster a second to breathe and be reassessed before it’s torn apart. It was a good, if uneventful, first step from the new front office, and we’ll see if that keeps up.
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