With Cavaliers F LeBron James thinking about whether or not to enter free agency yet again this offseason, former NBA All-Star and current TNT analyst, Reggie Miller, believes the Knicks could be a viable option.
James must notify the Cavs by June 29 that he wants to stay with them next year at a price of $35 million, or take his talents elsewhere for the 2018-19 season. Teams have already been discussed like the 76ers and Lakers as potential destinations for James.
However, the Knicks remain an option as well. Miller believes New York could land James if they pick up some other pieces in the offseason as well.
"To me, the Knicks sound like a likely destination. If he could find a way to get [Thunder forward] Paul George and [Rockets point guard] Chris Paul to go there along with [Kristaps] Porzingis, wouldn't you have to say they would be the favorites in the East?," Miller said on the Dan Patrick Show Monday morning.
That would be a large overhaul in itself if the Knicks were able to land George, who has a player option for next season, and the unrestricted free agent in Paul. Cap space would be the question, though, as Paul and George would likely request a salary over $20 million next season. That doesn't include the lofty price of James as well.
For the Knicks, their biggest guaranteed contract next season would be C Enes Kanter, who himself must decide whether or not to play in the New York and make $18.6 million next season. He has been publically campaigned for James to "prove" he's the "King of New York" by joining them.
Other than his deal, Joakim Noah, who left the Knicks following a heated argument with former head coach Jeff Hornacek at practice, is owed $18.5 million next season. Tim Hardaway Jr. will make $17.325 million as well.
Overall, the Knicks ranked with 20th in the NBA with a payroll estimated at $105 million.