With rumors flying that NBA players are staying away from the New York Knicks this free agency season, the team that plays in “The Mecca” is making plans for the likely event that the biggest names in free agency turn them down. A new report says that plans for the Knicks this offseason could include offering a large, one-year deal to DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins.
While expected to make a run at big name free agents like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, the New York Knicks are not expected to make offers to players they deem “second tier” free agents, such as Tobias Harris or Kemba Walker. Choosing instead to sign a few larger one-year contracts and keep their salary cap space for the 2020 offseason.
One piece of housekeeping as we all wait for the green flag: while Knicks have a good rapport with DeMarcus Cousins and his camp, there is currently no plan under discussion to make him a short-term offer, per source.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 30, 2019
Playing only 30 games as he recovered from a torn Achilles, Cousins averaged 16 points and eight rebounds last season, and while he played respectably within the Golden State Warriors system, he didn’t show enough in the eyes of most NBA teams to earn anything more than another one-year “proof it” contract this offseason.
I don’t think the New York basketball fans would tolerate Boogie Cousins on the Knicks, even if it was only for one year, and if he was the primary signing of this or any team once free agency ended, that team would likely be very disappointed. With that said, there will be team, and it is expected that the Knicks will be one of them, that won’t score any big time free agents this offseason, and will be forced to sign secondary level and role players to fill out their roster. Regardless, the Knicks won’t be expected to make the playoffs this season, which means that winning a few more games can only hurt, not help them, which makes signing DeMarcus Cousins a pointless endeavor for the 2019-20 season.
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) June 27, 2019