With only weeks left until the NBA postseason subsides, rumors are flying left and right about the New York Knicks‘ aspirations for the upcoming offseason, and their hopes to land a star player.
Now that Julius Randle has taken the unexpected leap from role player to All-Star and All-NBA talent, competing for a title is closer within reach.
Second-year wing RJ Barrett also had a strong year, and looks braced to make a similar leap himself in next year.
New York’s projected to have over $50-million in cap space come free agency, meaning a free-agency splurge of some kind is inevitable.
But they have the chance to open even more cap space, should they need it, to acquire a big name like Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard Damian Lillard.
Trading away Kevin Knox’s $5.8 million salary for next season would put the Knicks in the $55-million range, a healthy lead on the rest of the league.