Of course, the best-case scenario for the New York Knicks in the offseason would be adjusting to life as NBA champions. But aside from that pinnacle, how will they need to prepare themselves for the 2013-14 season?
Next year, the Knicks are on the hook to the tune of $58 million for Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. That's a lot of donuts. And it probably also means they can't afford to retain Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith.
However, the rest of the payroll has a few shrewd investments on it. Iman Shumpert is a steal at $1.7 million and Raymond Felton is an equally great bargain at $3.6 million next year. Meanwhile, Steve Novak has largely failed to live up to his four-year, $16-million contract.
Kenyon Martin would likely be a piece that they would bring back and they could shift the $916,099 in non-guaranteed money they'll save on little-used guard James White. They also hold qualifying offers for Chris Copeland and Pablo Prigioni.
And for a welcome change, the Knicks actually have a first-round draft pick. While it will come late in the first round, there are still players of quality at that stage. Last year, productive rookies Jae Crowder and Draymond Green went early in the second round.
So within this framework, here are the best- and worst-case scenarios for the coming offseason.
Contract information courtesy of Hoopsworld.com.