The New York are entering a pivotal offseason.
Over the last few years, they put all of their eggs in the Carmelo Anthony-Tyson Chandler-Amar’e Stoudemire-basket and although that helped the Knicks return to the postseason and even win a playoff series in 2013, things fell apart last season and the Knicks will now have to re-tool their team.
They have already hired Phil Jackson as team president and Derek Fisher as head coach and they will now shift their focus to the draft and free agency where they will try to re-sign Anthony.
Since they are capped out, they will likely need to deal Chandler to make a move and Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes the Knicks will be parting ways with Chandler this offseason.
No, you cannot throw money at Deng/Hayward. They don’t have the cap space. I do think they are a bit more flexible than some are thinking, because I think they end up moving Chandler this summer. Teams looking for a rim-protector with an expiring contract. While I wouldn’t have touched Amar’e with a ten-foot pole a couple years ago, he’s also an expiring contract as well. If they were willing to take a longer contract back in return, I could see teams willing to take one of those contracts of their hands. When healthy, each can still contribute and would serve as instant cap relief following the year.
Chandler was limited to 55 games last season and averaged 8.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 59.3% from the field and 63.2% from the free throw line.