May 23, 2017, 10:22 am
ESPN’s Ian Begley had some notes on the Knicks’ offseason plans, namely their pursuit of strong wing defenders P.J. Tucker and Dante Cunningham and interest in Jonathon Simmons.
Tucker has now been connected to both New York and Minnesota while Toronto surely would like to re-sign him if possible. Coming off a strong year, he should have his pick of several suitors who can offer competitive deals on the market. The Knicks might be ruled out if Tucker would like to play for a contender but money is a powerful thing. As for Cunningham, he should come cheaper but isn’t on the same defensive level as PJT. On the other hand, he shoots comparably from deep and could allow New York to spend elsewhere if they choose him over more expensive alternatives. The Knicks also have interest in RFA Jonathon Simmons, who will be in line for a big raise after a strong postseason showing. The Spurs have the right to match any offers he receives but don’t have much wiggle room so they could be forced to watch him leave. The Knicks would be wise to grab some strong two-way players this summer and for now it seems like that’s in the cards.