The New York Knicks enter free agency with more cap space than any team in the league. Now, it’ll be on the front office to use the money wisely and restore prominence to the franchise.
New York didn’t start its offseason on the right not because it lost the NBA Lottery. Fortunately, the Knicks did select RJ Barrett with the third overall pick.
With approximately $70 million in cap space, the Knicks could sign two free agents to max salaries. Although it doesn’t sound like management has any commitments yet, it expects to meet with the two biggest stars available.
According to The Athletic’s Frank Isola, the Knicks are expecting to have meetings with Durant and Leonard in Los Angeles.
The Knicks are clearly putting a focus on the first-tier free agents this summer.
In addition to the Knicks have interest in Leonard and Durant, the team is also rumored to want Kyrie Irving.
When free agency starts the Knicks are expecting to have meetings with Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard before heading to Los Angeles to meet with what are considered second tier free agents. The countdown begins…
— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) June 26, 2019
Obviously the injury to Durant puts a damper on this free agency. And yet, the All-Star forward would instantly change the landscape of the league if he joins the Knicks.
A potential battle between franchises in New York could happen in the future since the Brooklyn Nets also want Durant.
Free agency begins on Sunday, as negotiations can begin between teams and players.