Feb 12, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) directs his team during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Cap Space

Derrick Rose is set to be a free agent this summer. According to Spotrac, the Knicks are going to have up to $24,722,267 in cap space to spend. This is enough for one max player, but more likely, a combination of solid role players to compliment Kristaps Porzings and Carmelo Anthony (if he is not dealt).

Ricky Rubio is set to make around 14 million dollars the next two seasons.

A large expiring contract like Rose is worth a ton. Ricky Rubio may be a better player than Derrick Rose at this stage of his career, but the Knicks do have a valid argument that Rose’s expiring deal is worth more than Rubio’s play.

Without adding Rubio’s contract the Knicks can add a couple of solid pieces or one max-level player. The prospect of guys like Chris Paul joining the Knicks are virtually impossible, and adding a player as talented as Jrue Holiday is improbable, but being able to add quality pieces like Tony Allen to sure up their defense or a spot-up shooter like Kyle Korver is a prominent idea.

Charles is a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University from Long Island, New York, majoring in broadcast journalism. As a member of Penn State's CommRadio, the official radio station of the College of Communications, Charles has written various articles covering Penn State football and basketball. In addition to writing, Charles also co-hosts Empire State College, the only New York sports talkshow on campus.