One of the free agents the New York Knicks signed last offseason may not be around for next season with a player option looming.
Arron Afflalo has had a solid first season with the Knicks as the second-leading scorer on the team behind Carmelo Anthony, which means he may look to turn another solid season into a new contract.
“Yeah, it’d be nice. It’d be nice,” the 30-year-old said to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “But you do what you can. Whatever opportunities present themselves you never know. I’ve always looked at myself as a player who will have some longevity in the league based on the way that I play. I don’t rely too much on being overly athletic. I just try to be smart, take care of my body.”
“Usually, it’s just finances, really,” he said to Bondy. “You can obviously look at team opportunity. But mainly it’s just team opportunity and finances.
“It’s one of those things you assess at the end of the season because things always change for the good and for the bad.”
It has not been an easy season on the court for the Knicks, as after a pretty solid start to the season, they have fallen on tough times lately. The Knicks are one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference again this season, but things are certainly improving in New York with the rise of Kristaps Porzingis.
“New York’s been a great experience,” Afflalo said. “Obviously, we’ve had some struggles the second half of the season, but it’s been a great experience. I love the city. Got great teammates.”
Afflalo is a very solid two-way player in the NBA, and will likely draw interest as a free agent once again if he elects to do so this offseason. The Knicks are looking to upgrade at the point guard position this offseason, but the loss of Afflalo could certainly alter offseason plans.