NBA Free Agency 2017 has featured major moves and a fair share of shrewd moves by teams like Houston, Boston, and others to get better. Even Brooklyn made moves that while not making them a playoff team, increases their competitiveness over the next couple of years. All of this begs the question – What has the New York Knicks done this off-season?After the dismissal/firing of Phil Jackson, the Knicks seemed to have no real direction. At the very least the team had a focus with Jackson at the helm, even though the focus was misguided and aged. The problem with Jackson being discarded so late in the off-season was that the Knicks had to switch course and change philosophy. This change in philosophy resulted in the Knicks signing Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year, $71 million deal.Hardaway showed flashes late last season with the Hawks as he finished averaging 14.5 points per game. He was one of the players that had a future with the Knicks until Jackson traded him because he believed his skill set did not mesh with the Triangle Offense. The problem with this move is that it adds a ton of money to the payroll as the team, which is typical, was bidding against themselves for Hardway. Hardway is a good player but is he a $17 million player?Besides overpaying for second-year player Ron Baker, the Knicks has not done anything of consequence besides signing Hardway. Oh yeah, they did manage to turn away a young, hungry general manager with a championship under his belt. David Griffin, who was let go by the Cavaliers after the season, was a prime candidate for the Knicks’ general manager position and from reports, Griffin wanted the job. Instead, James Dolan’s blind loyalty to Steve Mills, who is rumored to move to the president role with the team, made Griffin withdraw his name from consideration.All of this, including the convoluted four-team trade rumors concerning Carmelo Anthony, has many wondering the same thing — what are the Knicks doing?It seems as if there is no direction for this team and everything hinges on the team moving Anthony’s contract to free up cap space. Unfortunately, the team has the anchors that are contracts of Courtney Lee and Joakim Noah on the books, which leaves many moves the Knicks can not do at this point.The lack of signings and trades to his point shows that the Knicks may just chalk this season up as a rebuilding year. They realize that they need a general manager and a philosophy that they currently do not have. It takes months for a team to develop a culture and at this point, the Knicks does not have one. Knicks’ fans should strap in for a painful season of basketball because based on what they have done, it is evident that the franchise still has no clue and never will as long as James Dolan owns the team. Post Views: 1,315The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsKahlil ThomasKahlil is the College Sports Editor for DoubleGSports.com as well as a columnist, hosting the Bump 'N Run column once per week. He also co-hosts a weekly basketball podcast, The Box Out, every Thursday evening with fellow DoubleGSports.com writer Jason Cordner.Latest posts by Kahlil Thomas (see all) Where does Seton Hall turn after the graduation of Myles Powell? - April 28, 2020 WWE playing fast and loose with staff health and well-being - April 15, 2020 XFL suspends operations with no intention of returning in 2021 - April 10, 2020 Women In Sports Interview Series: Marissa Rives, Program Director of SiriusXM’s Fight Nation - March 31, 2020 Related TopicsCarmelo AnthonyNBANBA free agencyNew York Knicks Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.More in Basketball You Know I’m Right, Episode 111: New York Giants’ Insider John Schmeelk (Audio/Video)On the 111th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video)On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 97: SNY’s Michelle Margaux (Audio/Video)On the 97th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined SNY’s... WNBA Rolling Out Red Carpet For Upcoming 25th Anniversary SeasonThe WNBA’s 25th season also marks the debut of the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup. The Good and Bad of Knicks Signing Hardaway Jr. Should Knicks fans be gearing up to live in post Melo world?