There has been all kinds of weird noise on the Internet surrounding the New York Knicks and their upcoming free agency spending spree, but one particular nugget stood out Wednesday night. For one, it comes from Marc Stein, one of the most connected writers in the business. Also, it’s pretty freakin’ wild.
The Knicks are weighing the prospect of extending a considerable one-year offer to Warriors free-agent big man DeMarcus Cousins if they miss out on top target Kevin Durant, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 27, 2019
Stein went on to say what we already knew — that the Knicks were planning to offer big one-year deals to lesser players if they strike out on the big free agents. But DeMarcus Cousins? Last time I checked, he plays the same position as the Knicks’ best player, Mitchell Robinson. Assuming the Knicks whiff on the franchise-altering talent, Mitch’s development will be perhaps the most critical aspect of next season.
This Boogie stuff raises all sorts of hypotheticals. Would he be willing to back up Mitch? Given his history as a legendary NBA malcontent, I’d wager not. Would the Knicks punt on Mitch’s development just to build Boogie up on a one-year deal so they can...do what, exactly? Trade him at the deadline?
This idea sucks, to put it mildly. If the Knicks are going to sign a veteran center, they should find someone who’s comfortable coming off the bench and mentoring their young shot-blocking stud. DeMarcus Cousins is definitely not that guy. Just say no, Knicks.