One of the biggest goals for the New York Knicks this NBA offseason needs to be figuring out the direction they want to take the roster. When Leon Rose first took over the front office, it looked like this would be a rebuilding effort through the draft.
New York would cultivate and develop their young talent and see where things took them. Those draft picks would be supplemented with some veteran signings in free agency. It looked like they were on the right path, as the team made a surprise run to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference during the 2020-21 season.
Excitement was growing around the team, as they were a fun group to watch. However, the success altered their timeline, as the front office dove headfirst into free agency. While the contracts they signed players to ensure they had some flexibility when it came to making trades, the results weren’t good.
The 2021-22 season was a step backward for the Knicks. A majority of their re-signings and free-agent acquisitions didn’t pan out. The point guard position remained a disaster as Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose didn’t provide the impact that the franchise had hoped they would.
While Walker’s homecoming was a nice story, it was clear that he has lost a step or two because of the knee issues he has battled. Rose appeared in only 26 games himself, thrusting Alec Burks into a starting point guard role.