The New York Knicks have officially struck out on their top two free agent targets with the news that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are headed to Brooklyn. Thus ends the pipe dream of dramatically improving their roster this summer.
A few months ago, fans of the tanking Knicks could take comfort in the possibility of landing Zion Williamson via the draft and KD/Kyrie in free agency. Now, they have none.
In the wake of the Irving and Durant news, this old ESPN tweet from February is going viral. In it, it shows Zion, Kyrie and KD photoshopped into Knicks uniforms.
"The Knicks have lost 17 straight. This time next year could look A LOT different," the tweet read.
It won't look a lot different this year at MSG. The Knicks 'might' not lose 65 games again, but they won't be anywhere close to a playoff spot either.
The franchise's best bet may be to hope that first-round pick R.J. Barrett becomes the real deal and second-year center Mitchell Robinson keeps improving. Throw in a couple of more lottery picks and maybe the team's fortunes will turn around.
Of course, as long as Jim Dolan owns the Knicks, this scenario seems unlikely.