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Admittedly, I have long been an outspoken proponent of a patient rebuild in New York. For instance, I was against trading away Porzingis for Kyrie Irving. And if the Knicks are unable to land Leonard, I will continue to advocate a methodical approach. However, Leonard is a game-changer, in the truest sense of the word.

New York’s current plan is to build a solid foundation around Porzingis and eventually clear enough cap space to sign a top-tier free agent. The problem is the Knicks haven’t had any success attracting max-level talent. Even in the years they’ve entered the offseason with money to spend, they were often forced to settle for average, overpriced players. The chance to trade for a player like Leonard is simply too great an opportunity to let slip by.

Read Tommy Beer’s full article here.