New York Knicks Basketball
In a summer of change, the Knicks front office reconstructed the roster under the direction of president Phil Jackson. The first order of business was the 2015 NBA Draft where the team selected the highly touted Latvian big man, Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick. That same night, New York sent Tim Hardaway Jr. to Atlanta in exchange for the No. 19 overall pick, which they used on former Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant. The two young men instantly injected youth into the roster, allowing Jackson and the front office to chase veterans in free agency.
While the Knicks were involved in discussions with several of the high profile free agents, the front office was delighted to ink some of its top targets. As the team was participating in the Las Vegas Summer League, New York officially signed forward Derrick Williams, forward/center Kyle O’Quinn, guard Arron Afflalo, and center Robin Lopez. Nearly a month later, the team added forward/center Kevin Seraphin, completing the notable signings for the 2015 summer.
Jackson and company spoke highly of Lou Amundson, Lance Thomas, and Langston Galloway during a difficult 2014-15 season in New York. Amundson and Thomas were rewarded with new contracts and Galloway will return to provide depth in the Knicks backcourt.
New York’s optimism for the 2015-16 season is centered around the return of two key players that suffered from injuries last year. Jose Calderon has recovered from an Achilles strain and Carmelo Anthony is on track after undergoing knee surgery last February. New York’s veteran point guard is expected to lead the squad on and off the floor and Anthony is the Knicks leading scorer while being considered one of the most dynamic offensive weapons in the league.
Jackson and second-year head coach Derek Fisher will look to blend the young talented players with a group of hard working professionals to create a competitive squad that hopes to vie for a spot in the 2016 Eastern Conference playoffs.
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