Tonight is the first night in a while where there are NO NBA games on. I had no idea what I should do today with no previews for an NBA game, but it got me thinking about the NBA Free Agency. Some of the top teams in the league that have the money to land big free agents have some Kentucky players in mind.
One of the biggest potential trades you need to know is Kevin Knox and his team, the New York Knicks.
Even though New York is not in the playoffs, they have been busy with their roster going into next season. The Knicks were handed the third pick of the draft last week, which ended the “Zion to New York” talk.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 15, 2019
Even without the No. 1 pick, New York has the chance to land a big name. The Knicks traded their star player at the deadline back in February, Kristaps Porzingis, which opened up money for two-max player contracts for this offseason.
Right now, the speculation is Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could be in the Knick uniform next season. This means both could be future teammates to Kevin Knox if it all goes James Dolan’s way in July.
The possibility of both players going to New York is something that’s been consuming ESPN and other national outlets lately. More specifically, the talk surrounding Kevin Durant. The number one guy highlighting this is ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
For Knox, this possibility could not be more complimentary, as it might give him an opportunity to be mentored by one of the most-notorious scores of all time in Kevin Durant.
We all know what Knox provides in the NBA – a positionless player who can come off of ball screens and make that easy, mid-range corner jumper. Also, he can attack and lay it in off the dribble.
This is something John Calipari focused more with him down the stretch of his freshman season. In today’s NBA, that skillset could be a major selling point for Knox, especially as a bench player for any crucial playoff games in the future.
Watch this clip on Knox’s shot creation as he comes off the baseline in off-ball screens, and how he attacks or sometimes casually pulls up from the wing and drills the mid-range jumper. The clip was taken from Kentucky’s NCAA tournament game against Davidson.
Something I see in Knox’s future could ultimately be a Shaun Livingston role – being the scorer for the second unit, while KD gets a breather.
Livingston not only passes the ball to some of the best shooters the league, but his defensive composure and his mid-range jumpers are the reason he is seeking his fourth ring in five years with the Golden State Warriors.
Although, Knox can provide more of a scoring threat than Shaun, the movement in the post is something that could easily be integrated for the NBA sophomore next year if free agency goes the Knicks’ way this July.
Keep up with KSR in the coming weeks, as free agency is coming up fast. We’ll have to wait and see if Knox’s team will be adding some key free agents in July.