The New York Knicks altered their roster and took a more win now approach during the offseason, adding three key veteran rotation players.
Carmelo Anthony couldn’t take anymore losing. He was wasting his talents on a New York Knicks team that was 49-115 in the past two seasons. So he reached out to the man in charge and told him things needed to change.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson met with Anthony after the season and they spoke about the future of the team.
According to Jackson, he asked Anthony if the Knicks were, “moving quickly enough” and Anthony’s response conveyed “that he’s getting into an age where things have to happen for him, so we decided to activate ourselves.”
So Jackson went out and got three guys that he knew would make Anthony happy. Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Courtney Lee are all respected veterans who’ve been on playoff teams.
These weren’t the only moves the team made this summer. The Knicks underwent significant changes, retaining only five players from the disappointing 2015-16 season.
The regular season is roughly two months away, and the Knicks have 14 players under guaranteed contracts heading into training camp. The opening day roster for 2016-17 is nearly set.
These are our grades and analysis for the Knicks offseason.