Given all that the City of New York has to offer, it would seem reasonable that NBA players would all decide to play here if ever given the opportunity throughout their careers. The New York Knicks, with a legacy so rich, has never been the destination for NBA free agents. Players are either dissatisfied with the current Knicks’ situation or they feel like playing in the Big Apple would be too much to handle. Year after year, the Knicks make it known they would like to target a key free agent.
Being the franchise with a name as big as the Knicks, NBA free agents will meet with Knicks, and even play around with the fans and still decide to sign elsewhere. It’s happened a number of times. In 2010, LeBron James was a free agent during the summer and he met with the New York Knicks. He later went on saying “I’m in an Empire State of Mind,” the media and entire city of New York went crazy when the Daily News had an image of LeBron James in a Knicks uniform with that quote. It was clearly just for attention as he would later sign with the Miami Heat. NBA players toy with fans too often and the Knicks never end up signing any big name free agents.
This summer, there will be plenty of great players available and the Knicks desperately need to sign players who will be a good fit for the team and not demand too much money. Needing help at various positions, it is unlikely the Knicks try to target a player such as Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, or Blake Griffin. These are players who once signed, there will be no more cap space to pursue anyone else. The Knicks have enough for a max player but that only comes with the departure of a few contracts we have on the books right now. Joakim Noah’s 4-year $72 million contract is currently the biggest liability on hands and it seems as if the Knicks will be forced to hold on to this contract as Noah’s contract value and play aren’t appealing to any suitors at the moment.
The Knicks do have the money and draft picks however to build a team this summer that would help them get better. Free agents such as George Hill, Jeff Teague, Shaun Livingston, Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, Danilo Gallinari, and Jrue Holiday(brother Justin currently on Knicks) all deserve to be looked at by the Knicks as they would be a great asset with a valuable contract. Each player would be able to contribute in their own ways which have been successful elsewhere. Danilo Gallinari would be one of the most exiting signings because he used to be a member of the Knicks prior to being traded for Carmelo Anthony. If he makes his way back to New York, look for him to be a fan favorite sometime soon.