A disappointing draft lottery result has been followed by an even more disappointing free agency period for the New York Knicks. The latest reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicate that both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are heading to New York – to join the Brooklyn Nets.
Kyrie and Durant were the only two major free agents even on their radar. Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and D’Angelo Russell are all expected to sign elsewhere.
With the two players Knicks fans were clamoring for all year off the board, the team is in fairly dire straights heading into the 2019-20 season.
Fans and pundits quickly took to Twitter to express their frustration – mostly with owner James Dolan for letting things get this bad.
From a perception standpoint, it’s a disaster of the highest order. Two of the NBA’s premier stars are signing in Brooklyn rather than on Broadway. Jim Dolan has to realize he’s the reason for that, and work to change that narrative if he wants to win. Color me skeptical. #Knicks
— Chris Carlin (@ChrisCarlin) June 30, 2019
This day can be seen as nothing less than a total indictment of the New York #Knicks. With every imaginable advantage they have failed at each turn and have now been totally one upped and humiliated within their own city limits.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) June 30, 2019
Instead of “Culture Club” constantly spinning the idea that they have it all figured out and wasting time sparring with the media maybe it’s time for a little self-reflection from ownership and management of the New York Knicks.
— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) June 30, 2019
Knicks are never gonna actually sign any of these marquee guys until ownership changes, bottom line.
— Matt Hladik (@MattHladik919) June 30, 2019
The Knicks finished the 2018-19 season with the worst record in the league, trading star forward Kristaps Porzingis along the way to make way for a potential max player and hoping to land the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, the draft lottery yielded only the No. 3 pick, leaving the New Orleans Pelicans to nab top prospect Zion Williamson.
Though they have several young players with the potential to break out next season, there are few free agents available that can make the team that much better.
The 2019-20 season is going to be a long one for the Knicks.