Bullock is an unrestricted free agent and averaged 10.9 points and 3.4 rebounds for the 41-31 Knicks this past season. He is viewed as one of the league’s staunchest wing defenders.
“Bullock’s preference is to stay with the Knicks, but he likely will command the full mid-level exception of $9.23 million,” Berman wrote. “One source believes Bullock, who turned 30 in March, will seek a three-year deal.”
The Knicks have Bullock’s earl-bird rights, Berman added, and can therefore go over the salary cap to sign him.
New York has been linked to several free agents — including Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, Warriors small forward Kelly Oubre Jr., restricted free agent Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, and Trail Blazers shooting guard Norman Powell, who is expected to opt out of his current deal.
Meawhile, the Sixers have made guard/forward Ben Simmons available, and the Lakers and Celtics are looking to help veteran help in any form.
“If the Knicks lose Bullock, they’d be more likely to attempt to match a modest offer to guard Frank Ntilikina, a restricted free agent,” Berman noted. “According to a league source, the Knicks haven’t ruled out bringing back their 2017 lottery pick selected by Phil Jackson, even if (Tom) Thibodeau barely played him last season.”