Strapped for cash entering the summer of 2014, the New York Knicks will have to work the margins of the free-agent pool to land talent.
Here are some dismal numbers to quantify New York's financial situation: Per ShamSports.com, the Knicks are well over the salary cap, with more than $90 million committed for next season, restricting them to just the mini-mid-level exception for this coming free-agency period. Larry Coon's NBA Salary Cap FAQ lists the 2014-15 mini-MLE at $3.278 million.
That means the Knicks will have to target not only the less costly players available but also those who won't draw considerable attention from fellow bargain hunters.
For example, Patty Mills, whom Marc Berman of the New York Post reports could be an option to replace Raymond Felton at point guard, may have upped his value beyond what the Knicks could pay with his performance during the San Antonio Spurs' NBA championship run.
We're digging even deeper than the Mills tier of free agents, looking for guys who haven't yet been publicized as potential future Knicks but could be helpful additions for the budgeting team.