The New York Knicks have been the subject of multiple NBA rumors in recent months, as the team looks to capitalize on its great 2020-21 season. What improvements may one of the league’s most storied franchises make this summer to improve an already ‘fast-moving product’?
No one anticipated the Knicks to make the playoffs this season after missing out on big-name free agents two years ago. The hiring of eventual 2021 Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau, on the other hand, proved to be a brilliant move by the New York Knicks, who went on to have the league’s fourth-best defense.
New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau wins Coach of the Year 👏 pic.twitter.com/huopBYYSr2— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 7, 2021
The Knicks entered the NBA Playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, thanks to developments in the game of 2021’s Most Improved Player Julius Randle.
NBA Rumors: What do the New York Knicks require?
After losing in the first round of the playoffs, the New York Knicks’ offseason in 2021 began early. Several NBA rumors about what the Knicks will do have already surfaced.
One of their most pressing needs is to find a player to replace Elfrid Payton as the Knicks’ starting point guard after he failed to impress, and Derrick Rose was largely brought in to serve as the team’s primary backup.
Aside from a starter at point guard, the New York Knicks will need a backup center after losing Nerlens Noel to free agency. If Mitchell Robinson returns from injury stronger than ever, they’ll need a big man to fill in for him for 15 minutes per game.
Here are our three bold predictions for the New York Knicks in the upcoming 2021 NBA offseason:
3 The New York Knicks will be drafted higher in the NBA Draft.
One word to describe our past draft class. pic.twitter.com/YJWqRObWnU— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) July 18, 2021
According to Zach Harper of The Athletic, the New York Knicks are hoping to move up in the 2018 NBA Draft and land in the lottery.
“However, league sources tell The Athletic that the Knicks are attempting to package their two first-round picks in order to move up in the draft, maybe into the mid-lottery,” Harper said.
The Knicks have a number of draft picks to offer to a prospective trade partner, including picks 19, 21, 32, and 58. Even if they can package two of the picks to get to their desired location, they may contemplate putting the lowest two picks together in a separate deal to get another first-round player who can bolster up their bench.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, a member of an opposition organization does not believe the New York Knicks will want three rookies on their roster next season.
The Knicks will have a maximum of two rookies on their roster, but none will be taken with the picks they currently have.