This summer will ascertain whether this standing is way too high or laughably low. For the time being, that means it ought to be just perfect.
The’Bockers are nearly a blank canvas. The Kristaps Porzingis deadline deal erased most of long-term obligations. Their greatest guaranteed salary for next season is Frank Ntilikina’s $4.9 million. No dream is too big for the Knicks right now. Since Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale broke down, it is not impossible to discover a scenario in which Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis all call Madison Square Garden home next season.
Is it likely? Not in the least. But when the Knicks have their built-in marketplace advantages, plus plenty of cap room and a decent shot at securing the No. 1 choice, that’s an army of resources many clubs would struggle to match.
There’s also an flooring.
Cap distance may not mean Irving and/or Durant. Perhaps It’s Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton. Maybe it’s not any one. Given the revamped lottery odds, the Knicks may wind up drafting fifth or fourth. So, rather than Zion Williamson (and a potential path to Davis), possibly the draft haul is just Cam Reddish or even Jarrett Culver.
New York already has some childhood in place, although its possible is in flux. While Mitchell Robinson looks ahead of schedule and Allonzo Trier has been a tremendous surprise, Kevin Knox looks predictably raw. Moreover, Dennis Smith Jr. is far from a sure thing, and Ntilikina’s prognosis is cloudy at best.
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