By Luis Tirado Jr. @LTJ81 on March 16, 2014
The New York Knicks have some much needed work ahead of themselves in order to improve for next year. Needless to say, this NBA season didn't quite go exactly as planned for the Knicks, but now it's time to turn the page and enter a new chapter for the franchise. Take a look at five ways to make the Knicks better this offseason; this is of course assuming they go all out and make sure to keep Carmelo Anthony on the team.
It's time the Knicks cut their ties with Iman Shumpert. All season long the Knicks tried to trade him to other teams, but no one wanted any part of Shumpert due to his scoring inconsistency. Whether it's his knee injury or lack of motivation, the Knicks need to dispose of him via trade to try and acquire a first-round pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
One of the only bright spots on the Knicks has been the amazing progression of shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. For the Knicks to improve this offseason, they need to trade Shumpert and immediately put Hardaway Jr. into the starting lineup and build around him. He has superstar written all around him; he would be even better if he had better players built around his speed and perimeter shooting.
Tyson Chandler has continued to produce declining results with every passing year for the Knicks. It's time the Knicks woke up and traded him for some draft picks to help build a faster and more importantly, younger core of basketball players.
Unfortunately when you have a season as poorly as the one the Knicks are having, accountability starts from the top down. While head coach Mike Woodson has had some great moments revitalizing the Knicks in the past, his time has come. He's completely lost control of his team and its poor performance on the court combined with issues off it will mean his final days are approaching. The Knicks need to move on and go in a new direction.
It's confirmed, Phil Jackson will be coming to the Knicks to become their new president of basketball operations. Translation? He will have the majority of influence across all areas on the Knicks. He will be the perennial voice of reason and bring his success and, of course, knowledge to the entire organization. For the Knicks to improve this offseason, everyone must believe in every action Jackson makes to put the team into a winning direction.
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