The unfortunate injury to Kevin Durant has forced the New York Knicks to alter their NBA free agency plans. Initially, the Knicks were determined to land both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, but an Achilles injury for the latter has forced them to reconsider. Many Knicks fans feel that pursuing Irving alone will not be as wise, but there are plenty of other options the New York outfit could consider to pair with Uncle Drew.
Knicks looking at other options
Marc. J. Spears of the Undefeated reports that the Knicks are now targeting DeMarcus Cousins from the Warriors instead. They also have their eyes on Marcus Morris and Markieff- the two could help shore up the frontline for the Knicks. DeAndre Jordan who was traded in last season is also in consideration for the Knicks once the free agency window opens on June 30.
Big Names still part of the equation for the Knicks
Of course, the Knicks are still actively pursuing a few big names as well. On their radar are players like Tobias Harris, Kemba Walker, Nikola Vucevic, and Kawhi Leonard. The question, of course, is how much the Knicks are willing to spend to land these agents? According to sources, the Knicks will punt up to $70 million in cap space should they not land any of their big names.
Of the big names mentioned, it is perhaps one of the Morris twins and Cousins that makes the most sense for Knicks. Coach David Fizadale has a lot of youngsters on his roster already, and balancing the youth with a few veterans would be a wise move. Cousins are a tested veteran, but he is not fully fit at the moment, so whether a deal can be struck remains to be seen.