The New York Knicks aren't going to stand pat and wait for another disappointing season to unfold in 2014-15.
Instead, Phil Jackson and the rest of the front office are actively seeking out ways to make the 'Bockers more competitive, as they've done with the Tyson Chandler trade and the draft picks made on June 26. Now it's time to figure out what to do with all the guards.
As ESPN New York's Ian Begley reports, Tim Hardaway Jr. is being deemed untouchable, but the futures of the other backcourt members are up in the air:
Working to clear the logjam in the backcourt, the Knicks are discussing their potential trade options with guards J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin, a league source said Sunday.
'They’re working on trying to make a move in the backcourt,' the NBA source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking said Sunday.
The idea that the Knicks are trying to make a trade to balance the roster isn’t earth-shattering. President Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills have mentioned the Knicks have a surplus in the backcourt, with Mills saying last week the Knicks are 'heavy' at shooting guard.
New York doesn't have too much leverage and has to worry about balancing the salaries of incoming and outgoing players (thanks to being well over the cap), but there are still a number of non-guards whom the team could target.
It's important to remember, though, that these are not rumored deals, just speculation as to how to make the Knicks more competitive now and/or in the future.
So what would you do?