The New York Knicks couldn’t manage to sign Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving and even had no other stars join them. But it seems that the Knicks are planning for the bigger picture, as they have not signed any player for a long term deal. Here are the future plans for the Knicks and how they can sign Giannis Antetokounmpo when the time comes.
NBA free agency 2019 began with a lot of blockbuster deals and many players changing their teams. While most of the NBA teams were able to land their favorite star players, there were a few teams who had to taste disappointment.
Kevin Durant Injury was Trouble
The Knicks tried their best to sign Kevin Durant, but he went with the Brooklyn Nets team. While everyone thinks that it is a big loss for the Knicks, inside reports tell that it was intentional. As per some news reports, it is revealed that the Knicks were not interested in signing an injured Durant for a max contract.
"Kevin Durant didn't get his dream scenario. His dream scenario was to play for the Knicks either with Kyrie or Kawhi. He had to settle for the next best thing… The injury changed everything. Without the injury Kevin Durant is a NY Knick right now." — @RicBucher pic.twitter.com/LULECrIMR0
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 1, 2019
Kevin Durant is already 30 years old, one year of recovering from his injury makes his age. There is no point in signing an out of rehab 31-year-old player for four more NBA seasons. It is also believed that Kevin Durant knew about this fact and hence didn’t waited for an offer from the Knicks. So overall everything went as per the plan, and the Knicks saved their money in the long term for future deals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021 Free Agency
As of right now, the Knicks are eyeing on Giannis Antetokounmpo to be their next star player. Giannis was named as the MVP of 2019 NBA and has played very well in the Milwaukee Bucks team. Most of the NBA teams are waiting for the year 2021 when his contract with the Bucks will be over and he will become a free agent.
Thank you! I appreciate all your messages🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/8Lo0WNCz2t
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) June 27, 2019
It is the main reason why the New York Knicks has signed most of the free agents for only one or two-year deals. The Knicks are saving their money for the future so that they can make some great deals after two seasons of NBA. If everything goes according to their plan, they could land in Giannis Antetokounmpo for the NBA 2021 free agency.