Since trading Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks have been unable to secure another big-name star to the franchise.
Despite their best efforts to clear cap space and pursue big names, the team has been stuck in a cycle of their own mediocrity for years.
But with time comes another glimmering light of opportunity, and one may be starting to present itself in Minnesota. With the Timberwolves unable to meet expectations for their franchise star Karl-Anthony Towns, it seems possible that his future with the Wolves could fall apart if they don't turn things around.
And, according to a source close to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks may have their eyes set on Towns as their next big-name target.
According to the source, another player the Knicks are expected to monitor is local product, Karl Anthony-Towns, the Timberwolves’ 24-year-old superstar who also signed a max extension this summer.
In an era when stars have shunned the Knicks (Irving, Kevin Durant, Kemba Walker, Leonard), it’s only logical Towns would intrigue the front office.
As one of the best young bigs in the game, expect the Knicks to be the first to step up with offers if he somehow becomes available.
The big man is currently in the midst of his best season as a pro, averaging 26.5 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. Without him, the Wolves have struggled to keep their heads above the water. Having missed the past six games, the Wolves are in the midst of an 11-game losing streak.
While the Knicks haven't been much better this season, it might only take the arrival of a big-name star to get the ball rolling for New York. It would certainly be way more than what they've had for the past few years.