What can the Knicks do to improve after a disappointing end to the 2022-23 season?

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May 2, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) celebrates his three point against the Miami Heat during the first quarter of game two of the 2023 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA Sports / © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Miami – Where do you go from here?

how do you get better Do you believe in internal correction? Do you run after a big fish in the trading market?

these are the questions knicks The face-off ended on Friday after the most promising season of the last two decades in Miami.

The Knicks enter the 2023 offseason without much money to spend on free agents. They will have a $12 million nontax payer exception and a $4.5 million biennial exception at their disposal, According to ESPN's Bobby Marks,

That's enough to improve the roster, but not in a significant way.

New York has enough evidence to bet on the internal improvement of its young players. Emmanuel Quickly Took a big step forward in the regular season. RJ Barrett Friday struggled in Game 6, but overall he had a very strong postseason. Quentin Grimes Knicks was part of the starting lineup that finished the regular season 47–35. Michelle Robinson Played at a high level in New York's first round series over Cleveland. He helped the Knicks win several regular season .

So the Knicks can justify a quiet off-season in 2022-23 by pointing to the improvement of those young players.

Or they could make noise this summer. For weeks, people around the league have been predicting fireworks in the trade market. The Knicks have the capital to acquire a star via trade. He has 11 first-round selections in the next seven drafts. They have young players that other teams would love to have.

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So he will have the opportunity to chase a star this summer.

The last time the Knicks made the playoffs and entered the offseason with high expectations, it didn't go well. New York struggled in 2021–22, winning just 37 games.

He bounced back this season, which is partly thanks to jalen brunson To sign. Brunson gives the Knicks a steady presence at point guard and an opportunity to build an elite lead guard.

This in itself is a significant achievement. But this is not enough. If you've watched the Heat series, you know the Knicks need more around Brunson.

There are two ways for the Knicks to get there. trade market or internal reform. in which direction Leon And where does his group go? We will find out in the next two months.