Are the Knicks closer to trade Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee?
If the New York Knicks are going to trade any players prior to the February 7th NBA trade deadline, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee should be at the top of their list due to their large contracts.
Lee is set to make over $12 million this season as well as next season, before becoming a free agent during the summer of 2020.
When it comes to Hardaway, he still has two more years left on his deal after this season. The Knicks still owe him over $52 million, which is why unloading him would be great for their salary cap situation.
At the end of the day, getting rid of both Hardaway and Lee would enable to Knicks to sign a free agent to a max contract this summer.
The good news for the Knicks is that teams are interested in both Lee and Hardaway, but it sounds like it won’t be easy to get rid of them.
Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic is reporting that teams are interested in trading for Hardaway and Lee, but it sounds like they also want some assets to go along with taking over their large contracts. Of course the Knicks aren’t willing to part with any of their assets.
I wonder what assets teams are looking for. If they want Kevin Knox and/or Allonzo Trier, then forget it. But if they want Damyean Dotson and/or Frank Ntilikina, it would be worth it for them to get a deal done.
I really like Dotson, but he likely won’t be more than a really good role player during his career.
As far as Ntilikina, it’s time for him to play for a team that can boost his ego, because playing in New York has only hurt his confidence.
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