The Knicks added Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and others this offseason, but Sports Illustrated gave their offseason an overall grade of D.
According to SI, the Knicks' best move was 'trying' to put a good team around Carmelo Anthony and their worst move was signing Noah, which they say "already screams disaster."
The "skinny," says SI, is that the Knicks are living in 2016, not 2011 -- when their biggest acquisitions were at their best.
SI refers to the signings of Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings as more "agreeable" than the acquisitions of Rose and Noah, but adds that the safe money is to bet on "something going wrong."
The irony here is that if one were to consider the Knicks "mediocre," that would already be an improvement from last season. After enduring a franchise-worst campaign back in 2014-15, things weren't much better last season. Thus, there's still a lot of room to improve.
But that's a good thing. Trading Robin Lopez's excellent contract and a promising youngster in Jerian Grant is a risk, but if Derrick Rose can remain relatively healthy and productive, the Knicks will benefit immediately.
This season is about making progress so that they can get the most out of Carmelo Anthony while he's still pretty much in his prime. They made improvements to put themselves in the best position to do so.
When talking about roster improvement, the length of respective contracts is irrelevant. Any time a team adds players like Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings, that's likely to be a positive development.
The Knicks have also held on to players who added to the positive aspect of their culture, most notably Lance Thomas. The continued rise of Kristaps Porzingis is another positive thing.
Factor in a much more competent coach in Jeff Hornacek, and things should be looking up. How high that ceiling is obviously remains to be seen.