The Knicks can also create cap space over the next two summers by stretching Joakim Noah’s contract. Doing so would reduce his cap hit to $7,565,000 over the next five years, beginning in 2018-19 and ending in 2022-23. But that would eat into money that the Knicks could spend on other free agents in the summer of 2020 and beyond. It’s not something the Knicks have seriously considered at this point, per sources.
Noah has been away from the Knicks since late January, amid what the team has called a mutual decision between the player and the organization. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Tuesday that the plan, for the foreseeable future, is to have Noah remain away from the team.
Some players have privately grumbled about Hornacek’s rotations, according to sources familiar with the matter, but Hornacek was given the freedom to run his own offense and was handed an imbalanced roster and tasked with trying to fight for a playoff spot while developing young players.
The Rams are likely to lose Trumaine Johnson this offseason and have a dire need at cornerback. Oliver is a long, skilled vertical cornerback who can fill Johnson’s role well.
Carolina likely won’t be able to re-sign Andrew Norwell this offseason, leaving a hole at left guard, a key part of its offenseive success. McGlinchey, a college left tackle, easily can slide to left guard and potentially fill in at tackle if Matt Kalil suffers an injury or, in the long term, needs to be replaced.
As ESPN’s Zach Lowe recently noted, no team has an overall scoring margin that bad. That’s the stuff an MVP is made of.
The problem is the Bucks haven’t won enough games for Antetokounmpo to be higher up on this list, as they currently have the sixth best record in the Eastern Conference at 33-26. They are, however, only 1.5 games behind the Wizards for the No. 4 seed. If the Bucks move up a couple of spots and Antetokounmpo is the reason why, he deserves a much closer look.
Irving wanted out of Cleveland last summer in order to get a team that was more his own, and there’s no question the Celtics are Irving’s team. But oddly, his numbers are just about the same as they were in Cleveland �� his minutes and shots are down a bit, but his scoring is about the same (24.7 points), and his usage rate has only gone up a tick, from 30.8 last year to 31.2 this year. He is out of LeBron James’ shadow, but his production has been the same.