The New York Knicks are entering a very busy free agency, where they will try to get the hottest players on the market. If somehow their plans of landing big figures don't come to fruition, however, the Knickerbockers may already have a long-term backup plan -- one that involves a top player the league: Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The 2019 MVP is a potential free agent in two years, and the Knicks are going to do all they can to land the generational talent.
In the meantime, if they fail to land a major free agent like Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant this offseason, the Knicks are expected to sign players on short-term deals to preserve cap space for the 2021 pursuit of The Greek Freak, according to the New York Post.
“The Knicks consider Walker a situational max player if, say, Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard, want to play with him. Irving, meanwhile, appears set on Brooklyn,” per The Post’s Brian Lewis.
“If the Knicks whiff on Durant and Leonard, they will use their cap space for one- and two-year deals, pending the player, according to sources. That is partly to keep cap flexibility for 2021 when Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes a free agent.”
Even though the Knicks fans are keen to see their team being an actual contender next season, the team might have different plans if things don’t go their way this summer.
Giannis can be their consolation prize if they remain patient. So if they fail to land a superstar this offseason, they will be fine settling for second-tier players on short-term deals as they prepare themselves to chase the Greek Freak when the time is right.