Having made it to the second round of the playoffs, the Knicks escaped two decades of poverty by doing the opposite of what had become business as usual at Madison Square Garden. They stopped trading their draft picks for aging stars and instead drafted and developed a young core of two-way, high-character players in RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley, and Obi Toppin. Executive Leon Rose and General Manager Scott Perry have avoided trades, except for the mid-season fleece for Josh Hart. Instead, they have re-signed All-NBA Second Team selection Julius Randle, as well as Barrett and Robinson, to team friendly-deals. Last summer, they solved their two-decade hole at point guard by nabbing Jalen Brunson in the best signing in franchise history. They have all their picks from 2024 on, plus protected first-round picks from Washington, Milwaukee, Dallas, and Detroit. They can bring in a star player this summer or whenever they see a deal worth making. Over the past several decades, this is the best the Knicks have been set up for the present, and future.
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