When the Boston Celtics wrapped up their media day chores on Monday afternoon, players boarded two oversized yellow buses — think supersized school buses with Wi-Fi and comfy seats — and headed south for Tuesday’s first day of class at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.

The goal of this rare, three-day training camp field trip: Find Ubuntu — or, well, something like it.

If the Knicks don’t make a trade to create cap space in the next two summers, the club might have to wait until the summer of 2020 to make an impact in free agency. The way things are going, that might be the earliest that the club becomes attractive to top-flight free agents anyway.
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Warren Sapp Youth Jersey In the meantime, New York has all of its first-round draft picks going forward. You can thank ex-team president Jackson for that. Jackson, according to league sources, was steadfast in his belief that the Knicks shouldn’t trade future first-round picks. Since the 2018 draft is projected to be stacked at the top — and this is the last year before the NBA implements new rules with deflated lottery odds for the very worst teams — there may not be a better time for New York to tank.

So Perry and team president Steve Mills will have the opportunity to rebuild with young talent through the draft and, potentially, via trade. They just might have to wait a few years before they can make an impact on the free-agent market.