Knicks have plenty of developments last week, but what about player development?

RJ Barrett, New York Knicks. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Team President Steve Mills has been fired and it feels like Christmas for New York Knicks fans. The legacy of the terrible job he did, for far too long, in the NYK front office is now finally over. Where direction does the team go in from here?

The New York Knicks were on a four-game win streak going for five and lost a heartbreaking double-overtime thriller in Atlanta. They showed in that stretch that there may be some life in the team after all.

Their recent winning streak had brought them out of the bottom three teams discussion. How did the Knicks actually win four straight in what seems like ages since the last four-game win streak?

First, let’s talk about the trade deadline.  New York was in talks about almost everyone on the roster not named RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson. They wound up dealing only one player away, Marcus Morris.

Well, here is an opinion that I think may have played a role in that.

The New York Knicks were pretty much out of the playoff hunt even before the All-Star break. Another lost season. It looked as if Mills and GM Scott Perry had no clue what to They knew they needed to develop the team’s young talent, but at the same time, their jobs were at stake so they needed to win immediately.

Well, what if the Knicks didn’t completely have a fire sale on all the veterans on one-year deals? Management knew they had a very weak stretch of opponents coming up and wanted to see if they could make a playoff push with the veterans playing more minutes.