The Knicks are banking all their hopes in the future in two players who are months away from Free Agency and a ping pong ball that could change the fortune of the entire franchise.
The horn sounds at Madison Square Garden and its another loss, 15th in a row to be exact. For fans who ventured out in the surprisingly warm winter weather didn’t get to see the streak end. At least the fans at home had the option to turn the game off and save their mental health until next time.
And so, this is where most Knicks fans are at the moment. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, literally.
After the Kristap Porzingis trade, it seemed that place got a little tougher. Two of the pieces netted in the trade, center DeAndre Jordan and wing Wesley Matthews are likely buyout candidates after the trade deadline comes later today. Two more of those pieces, two first round picks, we won’t even see until 2021 at the earliest and might be included in a potential Anthony Davis trade.
So that leaves us to hope. Hope that when July 1st arrives, everything will work out for us.
That everything requires Kevin Durant to believe leaving an established winner in Oakland (soon to be San Francisco) to build one in New York.
It will also require Kyrie Irving to opt out of his contract in Boston and sign a deal with the Knicks.
And finally, it’ll require that 14% lottery chance to land in our favor and gives New York the number one pick and gives us perhaps our first generational talent since Patrick Ewing in Duke’s freshmen Zion Williamson.
If you’re thinking like me, that’s a lot that needs to fall the Knicks way in order to formulate the big three that rumors, pundits and talking heads everywhere won’t stop chirping about.
So at this point, New York has mortgaged the future on hopes that all the stars align and these things happen. If it does, great. If it doesn’t, well someone on Seventh Avenue will be packing up their office come August.