Donovan Mitchell’s sweepstakes ended last week, and the Knicks, favorites throughout the process, failed because Danny Inge took over View from the Cavaliers.
There will be another time for Leon Rose’s in-depth breakdown off the season, a summer that has kept the Knicks in a confusing zone between rebuilding and now winning. The short version is that Rose used his lottery pick to clean up previous free agency mistakes and turn them over to Jalen Brunson.
Then he failed in Mitchell’s negotiations, exposing the shortcomings of the larger plan of accumulating assets for massive trade.
What are those defects?
Either this combination of possibilities and picks has been overestimated by Nix, or Rose and William Wesley aren’t the main negotiators/relationship gurus they were sold on.
At least not when their negotiations include Ainge. An NBA source also said about Rose signing Bronson, Julius Randle and RJ Barrett A combined total of 320 million dollars Over the past two summers, “that’s a lot of money for a playing tournament.”
But again, we can break down their process at another time. Perhaps Rose will finally answer questions this calendar year.
Meanwhile, the Mitchell Negotiations Result Provide a clearer picture of the Knicks roster before training camp. To be sure, potential trades are still looming. Russell Westbrook is still in the building. Cam Reddish wants to leave the Knicks for a bigger role. (A source close to the 23-year-old told the Daily News, “Obviously, there’s nowhere to be found there.”)
But the rotation certainly will not be fixed to the level of Mitchell’s trade. This allows us to take a systematic look at the implications. Four of the five starting points are essentially unlocked.
Beginners Expected: Galen Bronson, Evan Fournier
Backups: Derek Rose, Quentin Grimes, Emmanuel Quikley, Miles McBride.
The meltdown: Bronson landed a nine-figure deal to be the top playmaker and point guard, providing clarity in a position that was known to be in flux for the Knicks.
Fournier is the Knicks’ best shooting player but may not be the best after Bronson given his defensive flaws. Tom Thibodeau may be looking elsewhere for a start, with Grimes as the lead candidate.
Rose, 33, is back after missing most of last season to ankle surgery. If Rose was healthy, there would be no minutes for McBride.
Expected starters: RJ Barrett, Julius Randle
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Backups: Obi Tobin, Cam Reddish, Veron Hunt
Breakdown: Barrett and Randall will consume the majority of minutes in these positions. And even when they’re off the bench, Thibodeau will sometimes use a lineup of three guards to boost the attack. In other words, don’t expect more minutes for Toppin or Reddish.
It’s a mystery because the fan base is completely behind Tobin, as he regularly cheered his name on at MSG last season while Randle exploded. Reddish, the free agent in 2023, does not have a clear path to playing time after being acquired in the first round only last season.
For Thibodeau, the rules of this strategy are simple: If the Knicks win, critics and angry reactions are silenced. Just like two seasons ago. If they lose, he and Randall become the targets. Just like last season.
Expected start: Mitchell Robinson
Backups: Isaiah Hartenstein, Jericho Sims
The Meltdown: Handing Robinson $60 million was a big gamble for the Knicks considering injury and fitness concerns, but it was nice to see the player rewarded after four seasons with a low-paid contract. The now 24-year-old is the center of today and the future, with the expectation that he can finally break 30 minutes per game. Hartenstein provides another element as playmaker and jumpshooter, leaving Sims, an elite but compact athlete, without much opportunity to prevent injuries and trouble.