The New York Knicks are still looking to make big moves that will put them in a good position to compete for a title at least in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have a promising big man in Kristaps Porzingis, but they are still several pieces away from becoming a serious contender.

The Knicks failed to attract big names over the past several years, but their fate could change starting next summer. With a new coach in David Fizdale running the show, several top free agents are expected to at least consider moving to the Big Apple after the 2018-19 NBA season.

Kyrie Irving could leave Boston Celtics for New York Knicks

Boston Celtics superstar Kyrie Irving is continuously being linked to the Knicks. The 26-year-old superstar, who will be playing in his second year in Boston, could become a free agent after the upcoming season.

According to ESPN, there is a strong chance that Irving will end up in New York. The Knicks have the cap space to add another superstar next summer, and they are expected to tag Irving as one of their top targets.

Irving will likely be tempted by the idea of becoming a Knick. It was pointed out that the former Duke University standout grew up in New Jersey, which means that he will get the opportunity to represent his home area in the NBA if he decides to join the Knicks.

However, the Celtics are expected to everything to keep him, and it remains to be seen whether the Knicks could pull off a coup next season. Irving missed the latter part of last season, including the playoffs due to a knee injury. According to Forbes, the five-time All-Star is expected to be 100 percent ready for training camp.

Jimmy Butler might join Kyrie Irving in New York

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler is also being linked to the New York Knicks. The 28-year-old superstar could also hit free agency if he decides to decline his $19.84 million option for next season.

ESPN also tagged the Knicks as the most likely destination of Butler.

He could team up with Irving and Porzingis in the Big Apple, but the Knicks would need to do some cap tinkering to make it happen. Considering the recent aggressiveness of their front office, it would not be a surprise if they eventually find a way to create room for two max-level players to make a splash in 2019 free agency.

Butler was traded to the Timberwolves last season after spending the first six seasons of his career with the Chicago Bulls. The seven-year veteran, who spent some time on the sidelines due to a knee injury, averaged 22.2 points on top of 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 59 games for Minnesota last season.