Will the Knicks trade anyone before the deadline?
It’s not a mystery that the New York Knicks would love to unload some players prior to the February 7th NBA trade deadline. Most notably Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee.
Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Thursday that the Knicks have placed Hardaway, Lee and Kanter on the trade block.
Howard Beck of Bleacher Report chimed in on Twitter and mentioned that the he believes the Knicks are willing to trade anyone on their roster not named Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Knox.
Well, we do know that some people within the Knicks’ front office wouldn’t mind parting with second-year guard Frank Ntilikina, but they’re divided on whether to move him. So the Frenchman may not be going anywhere.
The reason the Knicks really need to get rid of Hardaway and Lee is because they have so much money tied up in both players.
The only reason the Knicks should ever get rid of young guys like Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier is because they’re able to get high draft picks in return. But I honestly don’t see that happening. And even if they could get draft picks in return, it’s not a guarantee they would work out. So trading either player wouldn’t make sense unless right now.
Right now, it sounds like teams wouldn’t mind an asset like Trier or Robinson in order to take on the contract of Hardaway or Lee. The Knicks of course aren’t willing to part with their youth.
The only young player New York seems willing to get rid of is Ntilikina. Even if they part with the former lottery pick, I’m not sure what they can get in return that’s of any value.
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