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New York Knicks Failed To Sign 5 Superstars In The Last 4 Years

New York Knicks Failed To Sign 5 Superstars In The Last 4 Years

The New York Knicks have had a tough few decades on their roster, but it looks like the future could be incredibly promising for the team. After failing to trade for Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz, many people were quick to criticize the franchise for failing to add an All-Star caliber player to the roster yet again.

Knicks fans have had multiple offseasons where their team was linked to the biggest available assets on the market but failed to sign them. While Mitchell wasn't a free agent, his situation has brought those memories back for many Knicks fans as they managed to lose a race where they were the front-runners.

In the past, we have seen this happen for the Knicks with their approaches of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James (who they failed to sign twice). 

What Keeps Going Wrong For The New York Knicks?

Giannis was the only player here that didn't seem likely to join the Knicks. He wasn't a free agent yet and signed an extension with the Bucks instead of trying his luck on the market. Teams like the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and the New York Knicks had tried managing salary cap space to sign Giannis but never got the opportunity to offer him a contract.

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were widely expected to join the New York Knicks for most of the 2018-19 NBA season, as both players were free agents and looking to team up. However, KD's injury in the 2019 NBA Finals led to the Knicks lowballing KD on his contract as they weren't sure of how he will recover from the Achilles injury. That led both KD and Kyrie straight into the arms of cross-town rivals, the Brooklyn Nets.

The Knicks' failure to sign LeBron James twice is easily one of the biggest examples to show how New York can mess up an offseason. They tried in 2010 when LeBron decided to join the Miami Heat instead of them, despite the Knicks being LeBron's first choice. They tried again in 2018. A possible move to New York looked likely in 2018, but the Lakers managed to out-recruit the Knicks with the help of Magic Johnson. LeBron had allegedly told Charles Oakley that he would never play for the Knicks as long as James Dolan owns the team. 

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