With the New York Knicks now in need of a center due to Robin Lopez being traded to the Chicago Bulls last week, Joakim Noah is reported to being the Knicks top target in free agency to play center for next season; Noah, who is coming off a shoulder injury in 2015-2016 that limited him to just 29 games, has also received interet from the Washington Wizards as well, although the Knicks having Noah's former Bulls teammate in Derrick Rose could help sway things in the Knicks favor this summer during free agent talks.
With the 2016 NBA Draft now officially over and free agency about to start on July 1, the New York Knicks should strongly make a run for Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who has developed into one of the best big men in the NBA; the Knicks have $30 million in cap room and a need at center with the recent trade of Robin Lopez, thus, why signing the 27-year-old Whiteside in free agency would be a great fit for the Knicks.
The New York Knicks were unable to make a trade to get a pick in the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday night, but once the draft was over, they signed an undrafted player in Wichita State guard Ron Baker to a one-year deal; Baker, who averaged 14.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in his senior year, is a former teammate of current Knicks player Cleanthony Early.
When Phil Jackson made the trade to land Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls, the New York Knicks president told Rose that the Knicks are fully intending to go after Oklahoma City Thunder free agent Kevin Durant in free agency next month.
With a trade from the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks less than 24 hours ago, Derrick Rose not only will get a fresh start in his NBA career, but he will also change numbers when he arrives in New York as he will switch his number from number 1 to number 25; the number 25 was Rose's old number when he went to high school in the Chicago area.