The New York Knicks have few trade assets and are over the luxury tax threshold, which eliminates the possibility of sign-and-trade deals. It also restricts them to the "mini" mid-level exception and veteran-minimum contracts to use on free agents. That leaves the draft as the only remaining means for general manager Glen Grunwald to improve the team.
Before the Knicks consider what type of player to add in the draft, they must decide which style of basketball they are going to play next season. Mike Woodson's team won the Atlantic Division playing small-ball, but struggled to match up with a bigger Indiana Pacers team in the playoffs.
New York has the 24th pick in the draft and could use help at just about every position. Point guard is an area of concern due to the retirement of Jason Kidd and possible departure of Pablo Prigioni.
Wing players who can spread the floor and defend are at a premium throughout the league, and the Knicks are no exception. They would like to add a perimeter player with the length and agility to back up the 2 and 3.
The Knicks are also interested in beefing up their frontcourt. Woodson is not comfortable playing veteran Marcus Camby, and Kenyon Martin will be a free agent this summer. New York is searching for another reliable big man who can protect the rim when Tyson Chandler is not in the game.