The New York Knicks began this season expecting to build upon their success in 2012-13. Instead, they could become the third team in NBA history to win 54 games one season and lose 54 the next. Management is expected to make significant changes after such a disappointing season.
The front office's first step will be to decide on a new direction for the franchise. It is apparent the Knicks cannot compete for a championship with the current nucleus of players. Is it time to rebuild or simply reload in the summer of 2015, when Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani's contracts come off the books?
To a large extent, New York's plan will depend on whether Carmelo Anthony remains in the fold. The star forward indicated in an interview with The New York Observer's Rafi Kohan that he intends to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. The Knicks have given every indication that they intend to re-sign him, though Anthony may choose to take his talents elsewhere given the way this season has unfolded.
In addition to personnel decisions, owner James Dolan and general manager Steve Mills need to consider what type of coach they want to lead the Knicks. Mike Woodson's act has worn thin with his players, though Dolan has been reluctant to fire certain coaches in the past.