The New York Knicks are on the heels of their most successful regular season in more than a decade. Their 54 wins earned them the second seed in the Eastern Conference, and Carmelo Anthony's play had him in the MVP discussion through much of the season.
Through all this, the team failed to reach their goal of an Eastern Conference Finals bout with the Miami Heat. It became evident that there are a few glaring weaknesses on the roster—a severe lack of two-way players is one. Some aging role players that boosted the Knicks to an early 18-5 start likely won't be able to provide the same spark after yet another season of wear.
Glen Grunwald will have to dip into the free agency well this July, but with only the $3 million-per-year midlevel exception at his disposal, the exec will "need to be creative" in landing names.
Ideally, the team would be wise to add an athletic wing player who can rebound well, but those players are few and far between in this year's free agent class—especially in the Knicks' price range.
The team has players of their own with undecided futures, including Pablo Prigioni who may return overseas at 36, Jason Kidd whose retirement is a hot topic after an ice-cold postseason, Chris Copeland who is a restricted free agent, and J.R. Smith who is likely to enter unrestricted free agency in six weeks.
These Knicks' fates have much to do with how the offseason will shake out for Grunwald and Co. Without significant dollars to shell out, it'll take more to sway free agents to Madison Square Garden than dollar signs alone.