The New York Knicks’ cap space for the summer of 2019 has been an NBA talking point for a long time, with many expecting the Manhattan-based franchise to land not one, but two max contract free agents.
New York reportedly continues to have interest in signing a max free agent (or two), but the list of players the Knicks are willing to pay big money is apparently short.
The New York Post is reporting that the Knicks are only willing to give max contracts to three players:
- Kevin Durant
- Kawhi Leonard
- Kyrie Irving
Kemba Walker could potentially be an option, but not as a standalone star, per the report:
The Knicks only have Durant, Irving and Leonard as guys they would be willing to give the max. Point guard Kemba Walker would likely be a max option, but only if he’s coming with Durant and the Warriors star requests the signing.
Durant seems like the only legitimate possibility for the Knicks, with Irving likely heading to Brooklyn and Leonard either re-signing in Toronto or heading home to Los Angeles.
The Knicks will likely stay young and attempt to build around R.J. Barrett if they strike out on all three players, which would actually be a smart move – a rarity for New York.
NBA free agency is set to begin on Sunday night at 6 p.m. E.T.