Phil Jackson has had a successful start to his tenure as president of the New York Knicks, but there's plenty of hard work left to be done this offseason.
New York first needs to do everything in its power to keep Carmelo Anthony in town and then fill the roster by spending the taxpayer exception and adding veteran's minimum contracts.
Barring a Melo sign-and-trade, we shouldn't expect the roster to look too different in October—the Knicks only have a handful of roster spots available and can probably only afford to bring in one major difference-maker.
Trading Tyson Chandler was a good way to improve the roster without denting their flexibility, and the arrival of point guards Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin adds experience and youth at what was New York's biggest position of need.
With that said, success in free agency is still of the utmost importance. The Knicks should be aiming for at least a 10-game turnaround next season, and that won't be possible unless they make their few free-agent signings count and persuade Anthony to stay.
Let's take one last look at the Knicks' situation going into free agency and predict how they'll handle the rest of the offseason.