Now that Amar'e Stoudemire is gone, the Knicks' focus should turn to his vacant roster spot. Carmelo Anthony will also likely miss most (if not all) of the rest of the season, so perhaps the Knicks will look to add someone at the forward position to make up for the loss of frontcourt depth.
Ah, but the organization has a promising young forward, do they not? I believe the young gentleman's name is Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
Sorry folks, but the MSG crowd will have to wait another season to get its Greek Freak on, according to RealGM's Shams Chanaria:
NYK, Thanasis Antetokounmpo discussed future recently, vision still consistent w/ plan to sign him for '15-16, league sources tell RealGM.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 16, 2015
All along, Knicks' strong interest in Thanasis Antetokounmpo had clear plan for deal in 2015 summer. Last week's meeting reinforced belief.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 16, 2015
I was one of the original drivers of the "call up Thanasis bandwagon," but this makes a ton of sense. Any chance for him to get playing time on the big club disappeared when the Knicks signed Lance Thomas and Lou Amundson. At the moment the team can barely get Cleanthony Early and Travis Wear on the court, and those two are already on the roster.
And so the Knicks' front office appears to be sticking to their plan with Thanasis. Hell, I'm comforted by the fact that they even have a clear plan...for anything.