This offseason is shaping up to be an interesting one for the New York Knicks. They have made major moves in order to clear up cap space for their target free agents. After a disappointing season, they are looking to bounce back the only way they know how: by making a splash in the offseason.
It’s no surprise, then, that the Knicks are looking at another big-time free agent to boost their front-line. According to Ian Begley, the front office will likely let waive Taj Gibson and try to sign him to a new contract. However, the FO has a backup plan, namely Andre Drummond, the ex-Pistons center who is currently signed by the Brooklyn Nets.
The Knicks have one clear goal during the 2022 free agency period: get Jalen Brunson. That’s been the narrative since day 1, and all reports seem to be heading that way. The impending big move, though, requires some cost-cutting at the other parts of the team.
Drummond’s game is not what it used to be during his prime years. The center hasn’t been able to keep up his insane rebounding numbers as he grew older. However, he’d still be a serviceable backup big man to Mitchell Robinson, letting the young Knicks center rest for a few moments.
It will be interesting to see how the Knicks fare in the 2022 offseason. There have been many instances where the team gunned for a big name in free agency, only to whiff badly when said player snubs them. Will the same fate await them with Jalen Brunson?