New York Knicks: The Top 7 Offseason Moves to Make Them Contenders

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New York Knicks: The Top 7 Offseason Moves to Make Them Contenders
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The least that can be said about the New York Knicks' 2011-2012 season is that it was tumultuous. The NBA lockout shortened the season; Linsanity took over the league; Mike D'Antoni resigned; Amar'e Stoudemire crippled a fire extinguisher and the Knicks finally won a playoff game.

As much fun as it would be to look back on the season, it is now time to look forward for New York.

It seems the Knicks haven't had a consistent roster since Roger Maris owned the home run record, and that trend is likely to continue this offseason with several moves. New York has holes to fill, chemistry to create and problems to solve.

Fans have been thrilled to see management make the necessary moves over the last two years to put the team in playoff positioning again, but now they want their beloved Knicks to be contenders. The core talent is there, but the humiliation they suffered at the hands of the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs shows there is much work left to be done.

Obviously, the most important thing for New York to work on this summer is team chemistry, specifically between Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. But the Knicks could also help themselves with several key moves.

According to The New York Times, J.R. Smith declined his player option Tuesday, which may have complicated the offseason. We will have to wait and see how things unfold.

However, here are seven of those moves the Knicks can, should or must make to reach that next level.

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