In my head, I’ve always pictured NBA free agency as a bunch of tall dudes sitting on a casting couch.
For the most part, that is exactly what it is.
In Hollywood, as tabloid articles scream Will Smith’s name as the hot lead actor in “The Pursuit of Happiness,” casting agents hurriedly audition dozens of similarly aged candidates for the role of “the quizzical executive who watches Will Smith’s character solve a Rubik’s Cube in the back of a cab.
Same goes for the NBA. This summer, there will be 100 or so positions listed on the NBA’s open jobs report. Most of these spaces will be filled by journeymen, castoffs, NCAA mid-major media darlings, and so forth. After all, Dwight Howard can only play basketball for one team.
The New York Knicks need to scoop up a couple of these couch potatoes.
Despite this writer’s dramatic attempts to sell this team like a Dot.com stock in the early aughts, many of the city’s same beloved heroes will trot out and attempt another run at the title.
But we saw this team in April. They need help. If the Knicks fail to grab the right supporting players this summer, we’ll just be watching these lambs dance to the slaughter.
Here’s the elephant in the room: because of their cap situation (shakes fist at Amare’s knees), the Knicks have to do more with less.
What can the Knicks do with their limited cap space? Is there anyone in free agency that can make this squad more than a decorative countertop set piece for the NBA? What the heck is the “mid-level exception” anyway?
Let’s find the Knicks some hope for next year.