The New York Knicks have been quiet this offseason and that’s not expected to change much, either.
However, according to new head coach David Fizdale, this summer is just the calm before the storm for the Knicks, who believes the team will be primed to “make some big moves” next summer.
“[Knicks general manager] Scott [Perry] and [team president] Steve [Mills] have done an incredible job of lining it up so that we’re in a position next summer to make moves,” Fizdale told reporters at the Knicks’ summer-league practice in Las Vegas, according to several published reports. “I just feel like with the relationships we’ve built and our approach to the game and our view of players and the way we view guys and the way we treat guys and the culture we want to build, I really think we’re going to find somebody who fits the bill.”
Fizdale said it’s a process building toward making such big-splash moves.
“As we get our culture in place, [injured All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis] gets healthy, we start moving into next summer, I really feel like we’ll have the bricks in place to make some big moves,” he said.
Last week, Mills said the Knicks plan to have enough cap space to sign a maximum-salaried player in the 2019 offseason.
Big names expected to be on the market in the summer of 2019 include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker and Klay Thompson.
“We feel like we’re going to put ourselves in a position where stars are going to want to come to us,” Mills said during an interview on ESPN Radio’s The Stephen A. Smith Show last week. “That’s what we think.”
“Guys want to be a part of a winning culture,” he continued. “They want to be a part of a group of guys they want to play with.
“Porzingis is a magnet. He’s the reason why everyone interviewing for coaching jobs this year wanted this job.”