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Take advantage of the Phillies being home underdogs, plus other best bets for Wednesday

Take advantage of the Phillies being home underdogs, plus other best bets for Wednesday

Maybe the Knicks are learning. In years past, we’ve seen the organization clear a bunch of cap space with the idea they’d be able to sign a superstar or two and turn around a franchise that hasn’t done anything notable in a long time. Each time we’ve seen the Knicks fail to land that player.

Now the Knicks are clearing cap space to land their top free-agent target again, but this time they aren’t chasing a superstar. They’re chasing Jalen Brunson. I don’t mean to disrespect Brunson. He’s an excellent player. If the Knicks sign him — and it’s hard to imagine they won’t — he’ll work out just fine. That said, the Knicks used to do this to make room for guys like LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Now they’re doing it for Jalen Brunson.

Does anybody think Brunson will make the Knicks a contender in the East? Can we even be sure Brunson gets the Knicks to the playoffs next season? Maybe it proves to be the first step in a larger plan we can’t see yet, and we all look at it as the signing that started it all. More likely, Brunson goes to New York, plays well, and then a few years from now, Knicks fans get excited that his contract is coming off the books and will allow the team to chase another superstar…

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