Irving, who can opt out of his contract this offseason, has long been linked to the Knicks. As he sought a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in August 2017, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reported the six-time All-Star would've welcomed a move to the Big Apple.
The Knicks have been down this road before, though. Time and again they've set their sights on key free agents, only to come up short-handed. Nothing encapsulated that more than when New York failed to land LeBron James in 2010 and instead signed Amare Stoudemire for $100 million over five years.
Because of that, the team's front office needs to cast a wide net this summer in case Plan A falls apart.
Blakely also wondered if the Knicks might abandon the hunt for Irving if they win the 2019 NBA draft lottery and then attempt to flip the No. 1 overall draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a trade package for Anthony Davis.
Neither Rozier nor Morris qualifies as a star-level free agent, but either would be valuable in the right situation.
Rozier averaged 9.0 points and 2.9 assists while shooting 35.3 percent from three-point range as Irving's backup in 2018-19. Morris averaged 13.9 points and a career-high 6.1 rebounds. He also shot a career-best 44.7 percent from the field despite attempting more three-pointers (389) than in any other season.
Although Durant is one of the NBA's best players, he alone wouldn't make the Knicks a title contender. Signing Rozier or Morris would help provide the necessary depth for New York to make a deep playoff run.