Knicks becoming more attractive as free-agent destination?
Head coaches Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors and Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks shake hands after their game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The Knicks defeated the Raptors 102-96.  POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to landing big-name free agents over the last several years, the New York Knicks have struck out more times than Adam Dunn. But a new dawn might soon be coming for them.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported Monday that people around the NBA now consider New York as more of a destination than in the past. O’Connor adds that team performance and the new front office led by Leon Rose and William Wesley have gone a long way toward repairing the organization’s image.

The Knicks currently have a very likeable team. Headlined by younger players such as Julius Randle, RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley, they are eighth in the East right now at 27-27. That puts the Knicks within striking distance of their first playoff berth since 2013.

While James Dolan is still the owner, fans seem to be feeling the changing vibes, too. For a team whose last big free-agent signing was probably Amar’e Stoudemire way back in 2010, the return to respectability has to feel great.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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