Turning it over to Thibodeau

After long thought, I’m becoming more and more accepting of the hiring of Tom Thibodeau for the 2020-21 Knicks. Originally, with the direction of the new NBA, I thought hiring a guy like Chris Finch from the Pelicans or David Vanterpool from Minnesota were the better choices. With Leon Rose steering the ship, it looks to me that he’ll want to hire somebody more established as an NBA coach, which is why I can get behind Thibs and his return to gritty, hard nosed NY basketball and he wants to be here. I also think that he’d actually respect the job that Mike Miller did and that he’d keep him on staff in some capacity. So, that being said, I think the player personnel would have to be reconstructed based on the type of team Thibs likes to have. I would let all the free agents go, rescinding team options and paying the $1,000,000 buyouts. So that means so long to the likes of Payton, Bullock, Portis, Ellington, Trier, Harkless, K. Allen, Raab, and Wooten. Taj Gibson, I would cut, but then offer him a 3 year $21 million contract to return under Thibs. Damyean Dotson, I know is a Thibs type player, but will be expecting a decent payday, so I’m deciding to flip his rights with the Clippers pick to move up in draft with Milwaukee to number 19. I then would like to revisit the rumored trade between us and Charlotte with Randle being flipped for Rozier. So the idea would be to include Dennis Smith Jr and both future first round picks from Dallas (Basically all the equity we have from Porzingis trade) and Randle for Rozier and PJ Washington. In the draft, I would select Obi Toppin with our first pick and then with the 19th pick, I would select Kira Lewis. With our second round pick, I really like Abdoulaye N’Doye out of France. He’s already 22, but he can be stashed or come over play in G league. In free agency, it’s all about adding veterans who may take up cap space this year, but not kill us for the future. I want to sign C Serge Ibaka, PF Paul Millsap, PG Jeff Teague, and SG/SF Andre Roberson (reclamation project coming back from devastating injury). I’m hoping the relationships the assistant GM’s we just hired have with these players, play a role in convincing these players to sign. The two way contracts would be PG Lamar Peters and UDFA C Jon Teske. So that leaves us with:

C Serge Ibaka/Mitchell Robinson/*Jon Teske

PF Paul Millsap/Obi Toppin/Taj Gibson

SF PJ Washington/Kevin Knox/Iggy Brazdeikis

SG RJ Barrett/Frank Ntilikina/Andre Roberson/Abdoulaye N’Doye

PG Terry Rozier/Jeff Teague/Kira Lewis/Lamar Peters

Coaching Staff: HC Tom Thibodeau

AC Mike Miller

AC Andy Greer

AC Rick Brunson

AC Ed Pinckney

AC Adrian Griffin

Westchester HC: John Beilein (From NY, works well with young guys, and can teach motion offense, which Thibodeau likes to utilize)