New York Knicks: 5 realistic options in upcoming free agency

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The New York Knicks could make a splash in the upcoming free agency with some spending money, but who are some realistic options to target?

If the 2019-20 campaign has already played its last game due to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Knicks would be put out of their misery early with a shortened regular season. The team finished with a 21-45 record, good for 12th in the Eastern Conference.

While no apparent signs have pointed to the Knicks turning their franchise around anytime soon, the team should look to make some crucial moves in free agency for a jumpstart. New York struck out on Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant last offseason. While there will not be such a tandem available in this free agency, there will be several intriguing options the Knicks should take a flyer on.

Having taken a look at the team’s roster, the only players who appear to be untouchable are rookie RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson, who looked promising as long-term pieces this season. Aside from that tandem, the Knicks should look to upgrade other positions in hopes of contending from the jump at the start of next season.

New York could be an intriguing destination, depending on how they decide to handle their options. If the team were to waive all players currently on non-guaranteed deals aside from Mitchell Robinson, while simultaneously declining Bobby Portis’ team-option, they could have around $46 million in total cap space.

The Knicks might look ahead to the future and look to make some noise in the 2021 free agency. If not, there will be a plethora of options on the open market this offseason.