New York Knicks: Mario Hezonja can earn long-term spot

By Maxwell Ogden

The New York Knicks signed Mario Hezonja to a one-year deal, but president Steve Mills believes that the Croatian forward can earn a long-term spot.

The New York Knicks have made it clear that the goal in 2018 is to preserve cap space for the summer of 2019. That’s inevitably birthed the belief that New York will be a factor in free agency when a vast number of All-Stars hit the open market.

As the Knicks prepare for the opportunity to sign a franchise-altering player, it appears as though a current player could change the outlook: Mario Hezonja.

New York recently signed Hezonja to a one-year deal worth $6.5 million. While that may suggest that this is a one-year trial period, there could be a long-term union in the event that the 23-year-old lives up to expectations in 2018-19.

According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, team president Steve Mills believes that Hezonja can become a part of the Knicks’ long-term rebuild.

“We didn’t say our ultimate goal was to have cap room in 2019 — that’s just a byproduct of the situation of how our salaries line up,’’ Mills said. “There’s no reason to think if Mario does really well, he shouldn’t be part of what we’re doing. Our goal is to put together a Knick team that could be competitive in the...

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