Report: The Knicks will pursue Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson in free agency

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With the NBA Finals slowly drawing to a close, free agency fever will soon be taking over the league.

With the spike in the salary cap due to the NBA's newly inflated television deal, numerous teams will have the cap space to pursue some of the top free agents on the market.

One of those teams will be the New York Knicks who will be desperate to improve on their fortunes having missed out on the playoffs for the past three seasons.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the franchise has already identified two free agents they will make a considerable run for; point guards Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson.

The point guard position has been a problem for the Knicks for a number of years and Conley is the best player available in that position.

It would certainly be a huge coup for the organisation if they were to lure him to the Big Apple. If the Memphis Grizzlies man decided to head to New York, as an unrestricted free agent his deal would be more straightforward than Clarkson's.

The L.A. Lakers guard is a restricted free agent so the Purple and Gold will be able to match any offer put to the youngster and the signs point towards the team retaining his services.

“It’s clear we need a lead guard, someone that can really carry the load, day in and day out. That’s something that I think is one of our biggest needs,” Knicks general manager Mills told the MSG Network.

Per Begley, New York will have at least $18 million to spend in the offseason and have made it a priority to bolster their backcourt.

With Jeff Hornacek installed as the new head coach, it's likely that he will try to replicate the fast paced offence he ran with the Phoenix Suns where he had dynamic point guards such as Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe at his disposal.

That strategy will be difficult to implement with Jose Calderon at the one spot, though, so it will be up to president Phil Jackson to work his magic this summer to improve the roster and the team's hopes.

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