NBA trade rumors have been swirling all season long with the New York Knicks included in the mix as they are set for a roster overhaul including the search for a new head coach.
Basketball Insider reported that three Knicks’ players who are pending either for free agency or will they be traded to other teams, but the last word will come from the team’s President Phil Jackson. Among the players that are uncertain of their future with the Knicks includes Derrick Williams, Langston Galloway and Kevin Seraphin.
Among the three, Williams signing a two-year $9 million contract last summer earned most of the criticism from fans as they feel that Jackson overpaid Williams. However, Williams showed that the pay was worth for as he averages 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds, which is considered an energizer for the Knicks as he is the first player to ever average above nine points in 18 minutes of play.
Williams stated that he has not yet given any thought as to opt out of his contract with the Knicks but would want to come back and play in the Big Apple.
“I haven’t really thought about it. I love playing here. It’s amazing. It might not have ended the way we wanted it to, but you can tell that city is starving for victories and a winning team. I love it here. I really don’t want to say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ There is always the option of, even if I opt out, to come back and re-sign. There [are] plenty of different options and I’m excited and looking forward to it,” Williams said.
On the other hand, both Galloway and Seraphin also hope to comeback for the Knicks as they have given their all to contribute to the team’s campaign, despite missing the playoffs for the third straight season.
As the team looks to do a house cleaning by the summer, Jackson will also be looking at the talented free agents and the pool of talents in the coming NBA Draft. Aside from that he will also be on the lookout for a new head coach though NBA rumors have been circulating that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who ESPN reported played basketball with Knicks GM Steve Mills at Princeton, is strongly being considered for the position.
Aside from Blatt also included in the list of possible coaches who are being eyed by the Knicks include interim Kurt Rambis, former Chicago Bulls mentor Tom Thibodeau, Mark Jackson and Scott Brooks.
“We’re looking at it from a standpoint of new management, new coaching staff, so last year was a year that I calculate as Year 0, just trying to clean things up and move forward. This is our first year of really trying to move forward and seeing what we have and the direction that we want to go and adding pieces. This is a natural process of what happens in the NBA,” Rambis explained.
Now as the season closes for the Knicks, fans will be vigilant as to how Jackson will run the team’s front office in getting free agents, picking a talent during the draft and in signing a new head coach. They will also try to validate if NBA rumors regarding the team are true or just a figure of a wild imagination.
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