The New York Knicks are preparing for a very busy offseason with one of the main priorities is finding the right point guard. According to the recent NBA rumors, the Knicks are going to explore the trade market this summer and target Darren Collison or Jeff Teague.
As mentioned in a previous report, the Knicks will have at least $18 million in cap space for next season. It could go up to $30 million if Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams decline their player options.
Some of the available point guards this summer via free agency include Mike Conley, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Jennings. However, Knicks president Phil Jackson has expressed in past interviews that they don’t need a star point guard to run the triangle offense.
“My idea of chasing a point guard where it becomes just an obsession isn’t necessary. It’s not necessary. We can play the game without that. But we still need good performers,” Jackson told the New York Post.
According to ESPN, the Knicks are interested in Darren Collison of the Sacramento Kings. He is the Kings’ backup point guard who may take over Rajon Rondo when he leaves via free agency.
Collison is set to make $5.2 million next season and New York has enough money and pieces to facilitate a trade. If they don’t succeed in acquiring Collison, NBA rumors from the past trade deadline suggest that the Knicks may revisit a discussion with the Atlanta Hawks regarding Jeff Teague.
Teague was linked with the Knicks at the deadline but no trade came close to happening. However, the 2015 All-Star will be a free agent after the 2016-17 season and the Hawks may be inclined to dealing him
Atlanta has another top point guard in Dennis Schröder who is ready for starter minutes. The German guard is also five years younger than Teague.
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