Coach: Derek Fisher
Power Ranking: 21
Doesn't really seem like much happened with the Knicks in the off-season. All they did was sign Phil Jackson as their GM, pick Derek Fisher to be their head coach, re-sign Carmelo Anthony to a massive five-year, $124M contract and trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton for Jose Calderon
and other assets. While the change has been immense in New York, they lack the pieces to make Phil Jackson's vision become reality, and 2014-15 could be another development year for the Knicks. Still on the Knicks' "to-do list" is the acquisition of a passing PF who can facilitate the Triangle offense, and finding depth up and down the roster.
With Jackson and Anthony in tow, the Knicks are, if nothing else, relevant again. Signing Andrea Bargnani and Amar'e Stoudemire to massive contracts set the Knicks back a few years, as they failed to provide reliable help to Carmelo Anthony. In New York since the 2010-11 season, Melo has only produced one playoff series win (2012-13, Boston) and his squad failed to make the post-season last year. With so much money invested in the team, a squandered season like last year's was bound to bring some changes. Most of those changes came in the form of a front office and coaching shake-up, with major roster changes expected following this season. The Knicks could conceivably cut up to $50 million dollars off of their payroll before the summer of 2015, as the bloated deals to Bargnani and Stoudemire both expire. With all of that money freeing up, the Knicks are in a good position to make a run at any of the big name free agents likely to be available in 2015. Don't be surprised if they make a run at (and possibly sign) a guy or two from the group of elite free agents, such as Rajon Rondo and Marc Gasol. They will also likely be contenders for second-tier helpers such as Brook Lopez, Greg Monroe, Arron Afflalo and Paul Millsap. With the light at the end of the tunnel, the Knicks may just be hoping that this season moves quickly.
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