Knicks head coach David Fizdale says New York will surround young talent with right free agents
The New York Knicks have made some mistakes in free agency the last few years, and it’s something that David Fizdale doesn’t want to keep repeating. One of those contracts was signed by Joakim Noah in 2016 for four years and $72 million. The Knicks still have to pay him the next two seasons, even though there are questions if he will even be on the roster.
Fizdale knows how important it is to bring in the right guys instead of reaching for players who probably won’t be worth the money down the road.
“Staying with the process of it,” said Fizdale to Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated. “Not getting overzealous and trying to hit a home run or do something that deep down inside we probably know is not a home run. And just being patient with our development, the way we build our culture from the ground up. Doing it the right way, not skipping any steps, treating each other well inside the walls of the organization with what the Knicks stand for. Feeling proud about the name ‘Knicks’ and really trying hard to hammer that down.
“With time, people will see that it is a different New York Knicks. The recruitment will take off. We will get the right type of free agents in to go along with these talented kids.”
The Knicks are building a nice young roster, but they really haven’t tried to recruit any big names to the team, at least not yet.
One of the big names down the road that could end up in the Big Apple is Kyrie Irving. There have been rumors all summer that his preferred destination next summer is with the Knicks, and he seems like the type of guy that Fizdale hopes to sign on to hopefully usher in the next generation of Knicks basketball.