With Leon Rose currently serving as president of basketball operations, the New York Knicks are expected to be more aggressive in building a list that could increase their chances of ending the playoff drought in the NBA 2020-21 season. Although the development of their young nucleus remains their priority no. 1, they could also look for quality veterans who could help them become a more competitive team at next year’s Eastern Conference.
The free NBA 2020 agency may not be as studded as the previous low season, but there would be a lot of intriguing targets on the commercial market for them in the fall.
One of the NBA players who is currently frequently associated with the Knicks is Oklahoma City Thunder veteran point guard Chris Paul.
According to Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report, the agreement between Paul and OKC is one of the few moves the Knicks could make this fall to reach the 2021 NBA playoffs. To acquire Paul, Hughes suggested that the Knicks could offer a commercial package that included Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox II and Reggie Bullock at Thunder.
“The structure of this deal is highly flexible, as the New York Knicks can waive the rights to several additional players to bring Paul to the cap space, or include those guys in the deal if the Thunder carve out space in other ways and want, say, Elfrid Payton, “wrote Hughes. “At a minimum, the Knicks must include Ntilikina and Knox to get any interest from Thunder. Both perspectives have obvious flaws: Ntilikina does not have an offensive game and Knox lacks defense and efficiency in the scores, but they are both young and should improve with time.