New York Knicks: 3 options for the Knicks if they miss on Durant and Kyrie

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Sign Kemba Walker and Tobias Harris to max contracts.

Missing out on signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to max contracts would be huge blow for the Knicks, but signing point guard Kemba Walker and forward Tobias Harris to similar deals wouldn’t be such a bad thing either.

Walker, who will be 29 come this offseason, was named to his third all-star team this year and is averaging a career high 25.1 points and 5.8 assists per game while shooting 43% from the field.

While he hasn’t explicitly stated he wants out of Charlotte, the team hasn’t been very successful during his tenure there and they don’t have the roster to compete in the East as it stands.

Harris, on the other hand, was traded to a legitimate title contender in the Philadelphia 76ers last month. He has said he is open to signing a long-term contract to stay in Philly.

The 26-year-old is averaging 21.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while also shooting 49.9% percent from the field and 42.6% from three.

Would Harris want to leave a proven contender to go to a franchise that has been the laughing-stock of the league for the better part of the last two decades?

That part is unknown, but one thing we do know is that these two teaming up together with whoever they draft this year and their returning core would make for must watch basketball.

With Walker and Harris leading the way, the Knicks would absolutely be in contention to come out of the Eastern Conference.