The Knicks have a chance to solidify their point guard position.
Many people may not agree with me, but the New York Knicks made a big mistake when they decided to draft Frank Ntilikina instead of Dennis Smith Jr. in 2017.
With a report on Monday from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN stating that the Dallas Mavericks are in trade talks with both the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic in regards to Smith, the Knicks chance to get him is now.
With the NBA trade deadline set for Febuary 7th, the Knicks have time to make a move for Smith, who is a much better player than Ntilikina and is also older and more mature at the age 21.
So far during his short career, Smith has been averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game. This is much better than the 6.0 points and 3.0 assists that Ntilikina has been averaging.
With the Mavs loving rookie Luka Doncic at the point, they clearly don’t feel like they need Smith anymore, which is a shame give his talent.
This might be a chance for the Knicks to unload Ntilikina as well as Tim Hardaway Jr., who would be a good veteran player to team up with Doncic.
Dallas could also have Ntilikina either player the two or three spot given his height at 6-foot-6 and his long wingspan. He doesn’t have to play the point, where Doncic has seemed to have solidified himself.
When it comes to the Knicks, adding Smith would give them the point guard that they’ve been looking for and they could then build around him going forward.
To me, trading for Smith is a no-brainer. But of course the Knicks need to find a deal that the Mavs will also like in order for something to get done.
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