After the blockbuster trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks and made the possibilities for the summer of 2019 tantalizing, the Knicks remained silent all the way through the NBA trade deadline, which passed Thursday afternoon.
Here's what's next...
The Anthony Davis saga continues
As expected, the Pelicans held on to Davis, who will remain with New Orleans for the rest of the season in a situation he was desperately trying to escape from.
On Wednesday, it was reported that the Knicks were on equal footing with the Lakers when it comes to where Davis is open to signing long-term if traded. That's the good news for New York. The bad news is that with the Davis sweepstakes opening up again after the season, the Celtics (once July 1 passes) will be able to trade for him.
While the whispers have been that Davis isn't high on signing there long-term, their entry into the sweepstakes is still something that could cause more harm than good for the Knicks if they still have their eyes set on Davis.
Eye on buyouts
The Knicks were open to trading Enes Kanter and Wesley Matthews before the deadline but weren't able to find a deal. Now that the deadline has passed, the team is expected to buy out both players.
Kanter, who didn't practice on Thursday, has been loud about his unhappiness. If/when he is bought out, the Celtics are one team that could have interest.
Matthews, who the Knicks acquired as part of the Porzingis deal, is expected to have several teams interested when the Knicks buy him out as expected -- with the Pacers the frontrunners to sign him, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The official wait for the summer free agents begins
With Davis staying put, the Clippers now having enough for two max players, and the Mavericks also putting themselves in the conversation for the biggest names this summer, the countdown officially begins.
With their current cap space, the Knicks will have enough room to sign two max players or trade for Davis and sign one max player.
Along with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving -- the Knicks' two main targets -- Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, and Kemba Walker are among the players expected to hit the open market.