The New York Knicks entered the NBA offseason looking like a hopeless team after losing the chance to get both Zion Williamson and Anthony Davis, but the team is keen to bounce back next season and they have already targeted some assets that can make them a competitive squad again.
Kevin Durant is seen as their top priority this free agency, but the Knickerbockers have also put their attention to try to land three players who will become unrestricted free agents this summer. They are reportedly interested in Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic and DeMarcus Cousins, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
Harris and Vucevic are two players who will probably demand max money on the market, while Cousins will have to sign a deal similar to the one he had with the Warriors since he suffered another injury.
The Knicks have cap space this offseason to sign two max contract players, and with Kyrie Irving reportedly eyeing a move to the Nets, the Knickerbockers might be re-thinking their strategy towards free agents, settling for second-tier players instead of superstars.
“The team is also interested in two players from Perry’s days as assistant general manager for the Orlando Magic: Philadelphia 76ers free agent forward Tobias Harris and Orlando Magic free agent center Nikola Vucevic,” Spears noted.
“Other free agents on the Knicks’ radar include their own free agent center DeAndre Jordan, Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins and twins Markieff and Marcus Morris. New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle and the Knicks also have mutual interest, according to sources.”
Harris shared last season between the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 20.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. Vucevic, on the other hand, was the heart of the Orlando Magic once again, putting up 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists, which took him to be on the radar of teams like the Mavericks or Kings.
As for Boogie, he went to play 30 games with the Warriors after missing the first 45 of the season recovering from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in 2017/18 while he was with the New Orleans Pelicans. Cousins still managed to record 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds with the Dubs in a postseason that saw him getting injured again in the first round, being ineffective when his team landed in the Finals.
Albeit any of these three players sounds like a very good addition to the Knickerbockers, they have to be careful with how they are going to spend their money this free agency. They have the chance to put together a very good team and a false step could distort all their plans.