3 teams who are one piece away from something special

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New York Knicks

The Knicks are definitely a “dark-horse” team to contend in the Eastern Conference this year, but it seems like they are one piece away from being true title contenders. Julius Randle has emerged as a star player in this league and RJ Barrett is on his way to being a potential All-Star one day, but they need that third, high-level talent. 

With close to $59.5M in cap space entering the offseason, the Knicks will have plenty of options on how to turn themselves into a true contender. They may take a vast majority of this cap space to re-sign some key contributors like Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks and possibly even Derrick Rose, but they’ll still have enough to go after a max-contract type of player like DeMar DeRozan. 

Ever since last offseason, DeMar DeRozan has been an NBA All-Star talent that many teams have been anticipating being a free agent this coming offseason and now, they will have the chance to possibly sign him away from the Spurs. 

The Knicks are one of the teams that have been mentioned in NBA rumors as having interest in the All-Star forward and given his two-way play, he is exactly the kind of player they need to separate themselves from the field in the Eastern Conference. 

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New York has also been linked to Damian Lillard rumors recently, but who knows if Portland will even look to move their best player! With plenty of draft assets and young talents on their roster, the Knicks have the ability to target a ton of high-level talents, the only question is which player will they add in the offseason? 

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