Knicks brass realizing 2019 may not be summer for a splash

The Knicks are realign the summer of 2019 may not be the time for them to land stars such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

It’s long been speculated the summer of 2019 would be the time the New York Knicks make a big splash.

Names such as Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker, all of whom could be on the market July 1, have been linked to Gotham for months.

However, the Knicks, who stand 9-25 and still do not have young star Kristaps Porzingis back from the torn ACL he suffered last season, may be thinking even longer term than this summer, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Knicks and storied Madison Square Garden simply may not be big enough of a draw to lure the league’s top talent, at least not come this summer.

Per Berman:

“According to NBA sources, Knicks brass no longer views 2019 as a make-or-break free-agent summer. The 9-25 Knicks feel their plan can still go on even if they do not sign a big fish in July….

“But the Knicks, who are $32 million under the cap, are opposed to giving a 2019 free agent a max-like deal ‘unless that player would be a dramatic difference maker to the team’s fortunes,’” a source said.

“When president Steve Mills met with media Friday in a conference room at 2 Penn Plaza, he downplayed the urgency of 2019 free agency. Rolling over the cap space to 2020 or keeping space open to have flexibility to trade for a star are options.”

If New York is unable to make its big splash this summer, its attention would turn to 2020, when guys such as Anthony Davis, Draymond Green and Kyle Lowry, among others, could hit the open market.