One prominent name still up for grabs in the free agent market is Russell Westbrook. However, acquiring him could pose risks for the Knicks, a team that requires more rotation pieces and better spacing.
Westbrook, now 34, could serve as a secondary point guard, relieving some of the pressure from Jalen Brunson. However, Westbrook’s high-volume play, reflected in his 15.9 points per game average last season with the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, requires careful consideration.
The mid-season trade of Westbrook appeared to rejuvenate his form, suggesting possible confidence issues affecting his performance. While there is no doubt about his scoring ability, the club may prefer to invest in a younger player rather than a retired goalscorer whose team-playing skills may be questionable.