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New York Knicks: Top 3 potential offseason acquisitions

The New York Knicks’ season ended at the hands of Tyrese Haliburton and the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, largely due to numerous injuries.

The Knicks found their franchise star in Jalen Brunson and complements in Julius Randle and OG Anunoby — not to mention the chemistry between former Villanova Wildcats teammates Brunson, Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo. Despite the positive progress, are the Knicks a legitimate contender as they currently stand or are they still one piece away from contending for a title?

Let’s take a look at three potential offseason acquisitions for New York.

MIKAL BRIDGES

The Wildcats connection can’t be completed until Bridges joins his former teammates in the Big Apple. Bridges performed at an All-Star level with the Brooklyn Nets in 2023, but his first full season with the team left much to be desired.

Last season he averaged 19.6 points and 4.5 rebounds on 43.6% shooting from the field and 37.2% shooting from three-point range. His lockdown defense would make him a perfect fit in New York, making the Knicks one of the NBA’s best defensive teams alongside the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Bridges is the perfect solution to New York’s injury problems as he has played in all 82 games in three straight seasons. A package around Bojan Bogdanovic, Miles McBride and a significant amount of draft capital could be enough to acquire the 27-year-old forward.

PAUL GEORGE

Could the Los Angeles Clippers stars move from one major market organization to another this summer? The Clippers’ lack of an extension likely means George plans to explore his options in free agency.

In order for the Knicks to acquire the 34-year-old, they would have to work out a sign-and-trade with the Clippers (and George would have to agree to the deal). Sending in Julius Randle, Bogdanovic and a few draft picks could get the job done, putting the Knicks in win-now mode.

George averaged 22.6 points and 5.2 rebounds on 47.1% shooting from the field in 74 games last season. George joining Brunson and Anunoby would make the Knicks a serious threat in the East, potentially allowing them to get over the hump enough and win a title.

YVES MISSI

A less notable but much-needed addition could come in June’s NBA Draft. Big man Isaiah Hartenstein is an unrestricted free agent who could test the market instead of returning, leaving a hole in the Knicks’ frontcourt. While New York will still have Mitchell Robinson, returning from a left ankle injury, they still need another big man behind him (especially with his injury issues).

That’s where Yves Missi comes into the picture. The 7-foot-1 freshman out of Baylor thrives on his physical attributes, which would transfer over to the NBA and allow him to make an impact more quickly than other prospects.

The Knicks have the No. 24 and 25 picks in the upcoming draft, meaning a safer pick at one of the two spots is understandable. Missi averaged 10.7 points and 5.6 rebounds on 61.4% shooting at Baylor.