For seven consecutive years, the New York Knicks are again ready to end the 2019-2020 NBA season as one of the worst teams in the league. However, with Leon Rose now president of basketball operations, the Knicks are expected to make important moves that could help them change things next year. When the season is over, they are ready to be active in the free trade and agency market, finding players who could integrate RJ Barrett, who they selected as number 3 in the 2019 NBA Draft pick.
Ian Begley of SportsNet New York has been asked by a fan what he expects from the Knicks front office in the 2020 low season. With the goal of becoming a more competitive team, focusing on the development of Barrett and their young core, Begley believes that the Knicks would be “aggressive in pursuing exchanges” which would allow them to land “young and talented players” in the fall.
“Overall, my guess is that Rose and the Knicks will be aggressive in pursuing exchanges for talented young players if the opportunity presents itself. I also imagine that the club will have a significant number of veterans on the roster next season, partly in the attempt. to surround younger players with knowledge and experience. I would be surprised if we saw a Knick roster / rotation next season filled exclusively by young players with little or no NBA experience”.
With the team currently considering Barrett as the centerpiece of their reconstruction plans, it makes a lot of sense for the Knicks to continually find players who adapt to his timeline. Although the season is still far from over, the Knicks have already been linked to several young and talented players who are expected to be available on the commercial market in the low 2020 season, including Phoenix Suns’ all-star shooter Devin Booker.