The New York Knicks are back to playing postseason basketball.
Their postseason drought has felt like multiple decades.
At the end of the day, the Knicks are going to be in the public eye.
It is the bright lights of New York City and Madison Square Garden.
Luckily, they have put together a great season and can build off of that momentum.
This offseason is going to be very interesting for the Knicks.
They have a chance on building a lot of cap space.
There are some stars that the Knicks can go after.
On the flip side, the Knicks can save up for the following free agency class in 2022.
They have so many options to choose from.
However, there will be some players that will not be on the roster next season.
Here are the three that the Knicks will most likely let go.
3. Frank Ntilikina
Frank Ntilikina was the eighth pick in the 2017 draft.
There was a belief within the organization that he could be their point guard of the future.
However, he has not produced in his four years with the team.
His playing time has diminished each year and this season he only played in 33 games.
He is in line to be a restricted free agent, but it is most likely that his rights will be renounced.
Hopefully, he can jump on a new team and get some playing time.
The marriage between Ntilikina and the Knicks is going to end very soon.
2. Elfrid Payton
The starting point guard for the Knicks most of the season was Elfrid Payton.
His defense and ability to facilitate was the reason why he got the starting job.
Then as the playoffs began, his performance became very discouraging.
The job was to contain Trae Young, but he has failed at the job.
Coach Tom Thibodeau had to make some changes immediately.
One change was to bench Payton for veteran Derrick Rose.
First five out for Game 3 🖐 pic.twitter.com/mOzJ6c5IaR
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 28, 2021
He looks like he has fell out the rotation from here on out.
Do not expect the Knicks to bring back Payton.
They are in the market for several point guards this offseason.
It looks like Payton will be on a new team next season.
1. Kevin Knox
The career of Kevin Knox has been unfortunate.
He has not found any footing in the league thus far.
Knox was the ninth pick in the 2018 draft.
Sources: New York has been focused on Kentucky's Kevin Knox with ninth pick.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 22, 2018
However, he has not been good for the Knicks.
They have tried to get him on the court during his first three years, but to no avail.
This season under coach Thibodeau his minutes were all the way down.
He played in only 42 games, while averaging only 11 minutes per game.
They really wanted Knox back in 2018 as they were in the middle of a rebuild.
Now, he is completely out of the rotation with no help in sight.
Knox has one year left on his rookie deal.
They can easily move him to a rebuilding team and attach some second-round picks.
It is time to move on from Knox and deal with the loss of that pick.NEXT: 2 Biggest Flaws Facing New York Knicks In NBA Playoffs