The Knicks recently hired Leon Rose as their new team president. What is his personality as an executive? It’s too early to tell, but the Knicks are one of many teams that have lined up their contracts to have a shot at signing Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021.
If they hold to that, the franchise won’t invest heavily this offseason beyond 2020-21, unless the Bucks All-Star inks an extension to stay in Milwaukee.
If the Knicks are standing pat for a year, they should keep most of their players on short-term deals, including Bobby Portis ($15.8 million team option) and four players on deals with only $1 million guaranteed: Taj Gibson ($9.5 million), Wayne Ellington ($8 million), Elfrid Payton ($8 million) and Reggie Bullock ($4.2 million).
Mo Harkless, Allonzo Trier (restricted) and Damyean Dotson (restricted) will also be free agents. Mitchell Robinson’s $1.7 million salary isn’t guaranteed, but he’s one of the most valuable pieces the Knicks have on their roster.