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The 5 Biggest Rumors Surrounding the New York Knicks Right Now

The 5 Biggest Rumors Surrounding the New York Knicks Right Now

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This season hasn’t quite panned out the way the New York Knicks would have liked. This supposed top-five Eastern Conference team in many preseason rankings will be lucky to even grab the eighth and final seed in the playoffs. This season has been full of turmoil for the Knicks, and the future might not offer any relief. Here are the five biggest rumors surrounding the New York Knicks.

5. What Will Phil Jackson Be Able to Accomplish?

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5. What Will Phil Jackson Be Able to Accomplish?

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The Knicks made a strong move for their front office this season by signing Phil Jackson to a fi-Year, million contract as their new GM. Since Jackson is responsible for basketball operations, expect a lot of big moves this offseason for the Knicks. Having Phil Jackson as the GM could be crucial in bringing in potential free agents to the Big Apple. Just look at what Pat Riley was able to do in Miami.

4. Is J.R. Smith Gone After This Season?

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4. Is J.R. Smith Gone After This Season?

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After winning Sixth Man of the Year last season, J.R. Smith has hit a figurative wall. The feisty shooting guard is averaging just 14.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3 assists per game while shooting just 40 percent from the field this season. All of these numbers are drastically down from last year. Expect the Knicks to take a hard look at J.R Smith this summer. The Knicks will absolutely look to trade Smith.

3. Will the Knicks Fire Mike Woodson?

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3. Will the Knicks Fire Mike Woodson?

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This will be a tough choice for the Knicks' front office to make. There will be a lot of potential coaching choices to choose from this summer such as Jeff Van Gundy, Larry Brown, P.J. Carlesimo and a slew of others. Would it be wise for the Knicks organization to take a gamble on one of these coaches for next season? Absolutely. It can’t get much worse for the Knicks than their current state right now.

2. Will the Knicks Finally Be Able to Trade Iman Shumpert?

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2. Will the Knicks Finally Be Able to Trade Iman Shumpert?

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Steve Mitchell- USA Today Sports

Right before this season's trade deadline, Iman Shumpert’s name frequently heard in trade rumors. Well, after spraining his ACL before the deadline, multiple teams that were interested in the young shooting guard decided to take a step back in their pursuits and examine how Shumpert would finish out the regular season. The Knicks would be foolish to trade Shumpert, but it will most likely happen due to how inept James Dolan can be.

1. What Will Carmelo Anthony Do This Summer During Free Agency?

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1. What Will Carmelo Anthony Do This Summer During Free Agency?

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Cary Edmundson- USA Today Sports

Will Carmelo Anthony take his early termination clause and explore his options elsewhere? Realistically, Anthony won’t be able to join a powerhouse team already as the new CBA has put a lot of regulations into super teams being formed. Anthony would be wise to stay in New York, as they can offer him a higher-paying contract than any other team. Don't expect to see Anthony in anything other than a Knicks uniform next season.