The New York Knicks are expected to be extremely busy this offseason as they look to become big-time contenders in the Eastern Conference. After a surprising run to the No. 4 seed in the East, the Knicks fell to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. With a need for more scoring alongside Julius Randle, the Knicks may have their eyes on Portland Trail Blazers impending free agent guard Norman Powell.
Powell put together a massive breakout season with the Toronto Raptors and Blazers during the 2020-21 NBA season. He became a dangerous three-point shooter and showcased his ability to create his own shot. Those are two qualities that the Knicks could absolutely use this offseason.
A source told NBA Analysis Network that the Knicks are expected to be at the front of the line with interest in Powell.
“They want a long-term franchise point guard, but Norman Powell is another name to keep an eye on. The Knicks are expected to pursue him to improve their perimeter shooting and Powell’s ability to score in bunches intrigues them. Powell is going to have a large market, but New York will have an offer on the table.”
During the 2020-21 NBA season split between the Raptors and Trail Blazers, Powell ended up averaging 18.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. He shot 47.7 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 41.1 percent from the three-point line. Those numbers show why the Knicks should be interested in him.
At 28 years of age, Powell is in the middle of his prime and is looking to cash in on his improved play. He will be looking for a three or four-year deal worth quite a bit of money. The Knicks have plenty of cap space and would be an ideal fit for Powell, as they can offer him a very large role in the offense.
Plenty of other teams will also show interest in signing Norman Powell this offseason. Portland would like to re-sign him, but he will absolutely listen to offers. The Knicks could offer him a large role and likely more money.
It will be an interesting offseason around the NBA. There are a lot of players available via trade and only a few free agents that teams will look at as major difference makers. Powell is one of those impact free agents, which will drive up his value even more.
Expect to hear a lot of rumors about Powell this offseason when free agency opens up. The Knicks may not end up getting him, but they are expected to get involved in the bidding war.