The Initial State of the Knicks Salary Cap In Anticipation of the 2016 Free Agent Season

Last year, I did a “State of the Knicks’ Salary Cap” piece right before the the NBA free agency period began, but people have been asking for it earlier and earlier, so what the hell, now that we know that Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams are both opting out of their contracts, we pretty much know where the Knicks’ cap room will stand heading into free agency, so let’s detail it. The reason now is a little bit too early, and why I am calling this an “initial” state is that we don’t know if the Knicks will get a first round pick or not, in which case their cap numbers would change. But I’ll do a “Final” version of this piece on June 30th. Okay, enjoy!

Knicks Morning News (2016.06.21)

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Twenty Years Apart, Signature Moments for LeBron James and Michael Jordan (Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:00:03 GMT)

    The two dominant players of their eras are linked by emotional championship victories on Father’s Day and a shared responsibility for helping to deny the Warriors’ claim to the title of “best team ever.”

  • [New York Times] LeBron Blasts Critics on Social Media After Winning Title (Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:18:56 GMT)

    LeBron James ended his social media blackout by throwing a knockout punch at his critics.

  • [New York Times] Disappointed Warriors Vow to Get Back to NBA Finals Stage (Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:12:57 GMT)

    Draymond Green wants to maintain the momentum from a special season that fell short by competing in the Rio Olympics. Klay Thompson plans to take his mind off basketball and missed chances entirely and go watch brother Trayce play baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Stephen Curry’s toddler daughter, Riley, helped the crestfallen MVP begin to put things in perspective by telling him “It’s OK” to lose.

  • [New York Post] LeBron’s Cleveland mission is done: Lakers next? Knicks? Heat? (Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:15:18 -0400)

    LeBron James probably won't retire a Cavalier, and he doesn't have to. Now that King James of Akron has accomplished his No. 1 career mission of ending Cleveland's 52-year sports-title curse, James eventually will want to conquer a new one — whether that be in Los Angeles, New York or back in Miami. But with…