Report: Scott Perry’s preference for Knicks is to pass on 2nd- and 3rd-tier stars in free agency
The New York Knicks have the cap space to sign a couple of max players this summer, but the Knicks don’t have any plans of going for B-tier stars. They want the big fish, and even if the big fish don’t come, they will apparently play it safe.
According to Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report, the Knicks would prefer to avoid signing players such as Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Khris Middleton and DeMarcus Cousins and would instead rather hand out one-year deals to guys like Marcus Morris, much like the Los Angeles Lakers did a year ago after landing LeBron James.
New York would do this in order to maintain cap flexibility and remain “opportunistic.”
All season long, it has been speculated that the Knicks will end up landing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but with Durant suffering a serious Achilles injury in the NBA Finals and with rumors that Irving seems to prefer the Brooklyn Nets to the Knicks if he leaves the Boston Celtics, New York may need to turn its attention to other options.
Of course, there are always players like Kemba Walker and Jimmy Butler, but Walker actually seems very open to returning to the Charlotte Hornets, and there has not been much buzz about Butler wanting to join the Knicks.
What seemed to some like a slam-dunk scenario several months ago may now be becoming more of a dream to New York, and if things fall apart, the Knicks will then need to adjust accordingly. It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.