The New York Knicks have traded 2015 first-round pick Kristaps Porzingis, who was supposed to be the face of the franchise for the foreseeable future. In doing so, they also shed the lucrative contracts of guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee.
In cutting all that salary, the Knicks have cleared enough cap space to sign two free agents to max contracts this summer. According to The Athletic's Frank Isola, the team has its sights set on the two biggest prizes on the market.
The "grand plan" according to Isola is to sign Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Obviously, the KD/Kyrie pipe dream becoming reality would make this trade worth it for New York. If they land a Zion Williamson or R.J. Barrett in the upcoming NBA Draft and add him to Durant, Kyrie, Kevin Knox and some other pieces, the Knicks will become a legitimate entity in the Eastern Conference.
But, let's be clear. We've been here before. Remember 2010, when the Knicks were all-in on LeBron and Chris Bosh and others but wound up with only Amar'e Stoudemire?
Given the Knicks' history and general incompetence, it is far more likely they wind up with, say, Kemba Walker and Tobias Harris instead of Durant and Irving.
For now though, they have something to sell to fans for the next few months.