The Knicks have to unload salary
With the NBA trade deadline set for February 7th, we are less than a month away from teams like the New York Knicks trying to dump as much salary as they can in order to free up cap space for free agency this offseason.
There are five players that the Knicks need to unload before the deadline. Now unfortunately, they likely won’t be able to move them all, but I’ve listed them below anyway.
Vonleh has been great for the Knicks this season. Especially on the defensive end of the floor. With NBA teams clamoring to sign him once he becomes a free agent this summer, New York won’t be able to afford to keep him and that’s OK.
This is why the Knicks need to trade Vonleh now and get something for him before he leaves. Preferably a second round pick.
There is no doubt in my mind that a playoff contender could use Vonleh’s defense to help them make a run at the finals.
With teams already showing interest in trading for Kanter, there is no reason for the Knicks to not be able to move him prior to the deadline.
Kanter is in the final year of his deal and it’s obvious that he’s not in New York’s future plans with Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet looking promising this season.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
I love how hard Hardaway plays and it’s nice that he can put up 30 points every now and then, but he also doesn’t always take the smartest shots and isn’t great on defense.
It would nice if the Knicks could somehow unload Hardaway’s salary in order to free up space for another max contract this summer.
Lee is a good veteran player that deserves to be coming of the bench for a playoff contender, instead of being stuck on a bad Knicks team.
Like Hardaway, Lee takes up a lot of cap space and getting rid of him would be a big help for the Knicks in free agency.
Thomas is yet another veteran player that the Knicks need to get rid of. He’s only taking up minutes that younger players could use to get more experience.
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