The big question is whether the Knicks, under Jackson, have a chance at landing one of the elite players on the market.
Along those lines, one name to keep in mind this summer is Dwight Howard.
Some of Howard’s friends have let it be known recently that the center would be interested in coming to New York as a free agent if he opts out of his current contract, league sources say.
There’s no guarantee that Dwight’s interest in New York is mutual though, says Begley:
Whether Jackson and the Knicks would be interested in a player like Howard is another question entirely.
There’s a bit of a question mark surrounding Howard’s current value. He isn’t exactly young anymore; he’s 30 years old, and his body has been worn down by numerous injuries. Despite his age and injuries, Howard still provides elite rim protection, and can be a go-to scorer down low… when he’s engaged. He hasn’t looked very engaged through a majority of this season, and that has been his biggest issue. If the Knicks can get fully engaged, excited to be there Dwight Howard, then it’s a good move for them. If not, it isn’t.