In coach Tom Thibodeau’s words, the Knicks are looking at July 29’s draft for “wings and shooters.’’
They have one in their midst who performed admirably during their 41-31 season. But they could lose him to a division rival in free agency if they don’t step up, The Post has learned.
According to an NBA source, two Atlantic Division squads, the Celtics and 76ers, have interest in Knicks swingman Reggie Bullock, who started all season at either shooting guard or small forward.
The source said the Lakers, whom Bullock played for in 2018-19 alongside LeBron James, also have Bullock on their list. Interestingly, a report surfaced Wednesday the Lakers will try to lure Chris Paul back to Los Angeles. Paul and Bullock are both from North Carolina and are close.
Bullock’s preference is to stay with the Knicks, but he likely will command the full mid-level exception of $9.23 million. One source believes Bullock, who turned 30 in March, will seek a three-year deal.
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The Knicks are always looking for the next shiny new thing and will explore their free-agent options, too, but have sincere interest in bringing back Bullock.
The Knicks don’t have to use their cap space to do so because they have Bullocks’ Early-Bird rights. Hence, they can go over the salary cap to sign him. The Knicks are eligible to offer him a first year likely starting at $10.3 million, pending…