The New York Knicks are having a truly inspiring run this season. After years of residing in the Eastern Conference basement, the team is squarely in the playoff picture, boasting a 4th place standing with a 34-27 record.
With the franchise finally headed in the right direction, reports of their plans in the summer are beginning to unfold, with one rumor indicating a potential partnership between the team and star guard DeMar DeRozan.
If New York decides to aggressively pitch a premier free agent this offseason, DeRozan would seem to fit the mold of a player receptive to Thibodeau’s culture. The Spurs’ swingman is believed to have an interest in returning to the Eastern Conference, sources said, and there is plenty of scoring opportunity open in the Knicks’ rotation
Thibodeau also covets Trail Blazers swingman Norman Powell, who has an $11.6 million player option in 2021-22, sources said. And there are many Lonzo Ball supporters within the Knicks’ front office who will likely lobby to sign New Orleans’ point guard to an offer sheet.
Needless to say, DeRozan would take the Knicks to new heights in the East. The 31-year-old guard averaged 21.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game on 49.2% shooting this season, leading a Spurs team to a respectable record.
Alongside Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, DeRozan could be potent, and might just help continue the team’s upward trend.
Regardless, it’s a good time to be a Knicks fan.