One of the bigger questions around the Knicks entering the season is what should the expectations be for rookie R.J. Barrett? “(Knicks fans) can expect that they’re getting a killer,” Zion Williamson said in an interview with SNY at Panini’s NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on Sunday. “For the people that are trying to look down on him, RJ’s been through worse. He knows how to battle through it and he’s going to bring the city everything he’s got.”
Mills and Perry have not yet talked publicly since their July spending spree was largely panned. But they still like their Plan C because it involves short-term deals on players they believe in. Looking at the big picture, Mills sees this as the start of the third season of a rebuilding plan — with the Knicks still having an opportunity to add a final-piece superstar, whether via trade or free agency, because of their cap flexibility from the series of one-year pacts.