Knicks brass has pointed toward the summer of 2019, when it plans to be ready to make a free-agent splash. But after Thursday’s hiring of former Memphis head coach and Heat assistant David Fizdale, the Knicks are prepared to open salary-cap space this summer in the unlikely event they get an inkling LeBron James has some interest in coming to the Garden this summer, according to an NBA source.
But watch how quickly rebuilding turns into win-now if the Knicks, with Fizdale acting as the point man, can land LeBron James. Is it a pipe dream? Perhaps, but Fizdale at least puts the Knicks in the room with LeBron either this summer or in 2019.