According to an Eastern Conference Executive, who spoke with Heavy on Sports Sean Deveney under the condition of anonymity, one player who the Knicks front office could target with their MLE is Phoenix Suns wing, Torrey Craig.
“They will have some room to work, money-wise, because they have a full MLE,” The executive said. “Someone like Torrey Craig in Phoenix, he is a solid 3-and-D guy, a veteran they can afford who would not use the full MLE.”
Craig, 32, participated in 74 games for the Phoenix Suns this past season, with 60 of them coming as a starter. During his time on the court, the three-and-d wing posted a statline of 7.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 51.8% from two-point range and 39.5% from three.
Knicks Being Linked With a String of Talent
After an impressive season that saw the Knicks return to the playoffs, the franchise finds itself being linked with multiple upcoming free agents, along with some star names who could be available via trade.
Players such as Kristaps Porzingis, Joel Embiid, Luka Doncic, and even Paul George have all been mentioned in the media over the past few weeks. Part of the reason so many are expecting the Knicks to make a big swing is because of their success this season.
However, the fact that New York also has a plethora of future draft picks and multiple young and upcoming players make them prime candidates to take advantage of a team that is hitting the reset button.
As such, we should expect a busy offseason as far as the rumor mill is concerned – and most Knicks fans will likely be hoping one or two of the rumors turn out to be true.
Kristaps Porzingis Labels Knicks His ‘First Love’
During a June 1 appearance on the Ariel Helwani Show, former Knicks draft pick, Kristaps Porzingis spoke about his time with the Knickerbockers, noting how the team and the city were ‘like his first love.’
“That was like my first love, the city of New York. Playing in [Madison Square Garden], so of course I have not the best feeling when I get so much hate but, as I said, [the relationship is] better,” Porzingis said. “Of course, I can understand now how the fans could feel that way or how they viewed me at that time and then I asked for a trade and I get painted as the villain. But it is what it is.”
“It wouldn’t shock me. I think any kind of bad blood between the organization, and Porzingis is kind of not there anymore,” Begley said. “Time heals those things, and it’s also a different regime. I wouldn’t be shocked.”