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How The New York Knicks Plan To Sign Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Giannis Antetokounmpo will have the chance to become one of the biggest free agents to hit the market next year. This will obviously create a war with several teams trying to attract the Greek player.

One of those franchises is the New York Knicks, who are reportedly set to make a run for Giannis’ services. The Knickerbockers hope to bounce back from fumbling on Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant by turning the franchise into an attractive landing spot for the reigning MVP of the league.

People close to the organization revealed that the team has big plans, including that the team is looking to shake up the front office by taking a shot Raptors president Masai Ujiri. Further, New York's owner, James Dolan, reportedly isn't fazed by the massive amount of money it would take to take Ujiri from Toronto because of the benefit he would be to the team.

Ujiri built a strong squad with the Raptors that saw the Canadians win their first-ever NBA championship last season. According to The Athletic, New York's current executive Steve Mills sold Dolan on the idea that he was close with NBA superstars but he was unable to land Kyrie or Durant during the summer.

This has prompted the team to think of Ujiri as the perfect replacement for Mills in enough time for him to convince Antetokounmpo that New York City should be his next home. Of course, Giannis won’t discuss his current situation with the Bucks, but there is hope for the Knicks to see their desired asset actually going to the big apple.

Back in October, the Harvard Business School published a study that included a quote from Giannis about his future with the Bucks.

"So far, we have been doing great, and, if this lasts, there's no other place I want to be," the quote reads. "But if we're underperforming in the NBA next year, deciding whether to sign becomes a lot more difficult."

The 24-year-old was quick to deny those comments, making it clear he won’t talk about free agency until the season is over.

"I'm not going to get into that. As I said, the last—what is it called—quote, paragraph, it's words that I didn't use," Giannis said. "Underperforming or whether or deciding, all those words. I've never used those words in all my life. As I said, I'm not going to talk about it. There can be stories coming out. I said this, I said that. I said this. But I'm not going to get into it at all."

We still have time before anything happens, but the Knicks need to make big changes if they want to be a different organization. Their recent history suggests none of this will happen, but the NBA knows how to surprise people from time to time.