Once they officially announce Jeff Hornacek as the team's next head coach, the Knicks will have to move on to filling out the rest of its roster with players who are likely to succeed playing in his respective offense.
In addition to exploring the trade market, New York will obviously figure to be a major player in free agency this summer. With that in mind, there's a decision to be made regarding Langston Galloway.
The guard has a qualifying offer available, and the Knicks would be smart to extend it. The QO itself is reasonable, should Galloway choose to accept it. Much like his initial signing was a year and a half ago, it would be a low-risk, high reward like move. Still, even if/when other teams show interest and present Galloway with more lucrative contracts, at least the Knicks would maintain control and be able to explore bringing him back at the right price, should they want to match any offer he happens to accept.
During his rookie campaign in 2014-15, Galloway was somewhat of a revelation coming out of the D-League. He not only proved that the Knicks could effectively utilize their Westchester affiliate to legitimately develop talent to help them at the next level, but also provided a much needed rare bright spot in what was a dismal season.
Galloway and his squad were obviously hoping that he would follow up such a campaign with a strong sophomore season, but that didn't exactly happen. Galloway was rather quiet, often getting lost in the Knicks' continued triangle offense tailspin. They played him more off the ball, turning him into somewhat of a spot-shooter. Without the ball in his hands, Galloway's assertiveness (and perhaps his respective confidence level) appears to waver a bit. He's not one to actively move too well without the ball.
He had trouble adapting, but the arguably stunted growth in his development is more the Knicks' fault. He wasn't a priority this past season. It's easy to recognize his strengths, but the coaching staff didn't really put him in the necessary spots to succeed. They put more of a focus this past season in improving his defensive instincts, which is great in itself. But he seemed to fade away on the offensive end more often than not. He had a small handful of games where that aggressive guard who could provide a boost off the bench returned, but such an impact was few and far in between
Where does that leave him for next season? Should the Knicks take another chance on him and continue the experiment? For the right price, the answer is an obvious yes. There's something to be said about nurturing your own talent from the ground out and seeing it through. The Knicks found Galloway way back when at the Portsmouth Invitational back in 2014. What's more, Galloway is a tremendous and level-headed individual. He loves New York, is great for the community, and is a strong guy to have in the locker room.
Production on the court needs to be there as well, obviously. In Jeriant Grant (and even Tony Wroten), New York will already employ two aggressive players who enjoy attacking the basket. The Knicks and Galloway need to work together and find the right balance to ensure he doesn't become irrelevant and/or invisible when playing alongside them. That said, Hornacek's three-guard lineups in Phoenix could be an indication that he could very well find ample use for Galloway as well.
It'll be interesting to see if the incoming coach holds the young gun in high enough regard to push for the Knicks to retain him.