It would be nice if the New York Knicks could make a trade prior to the deadline, but there are a few players they must avoid getting rid of.
No one knows whether or not the New York Knicks will make a move before the NBA’s trade deadline, but there are three players that I believe they have to hold onto.
Here are the players the Knicks need if they’re going to make the playoffs.
At the beginning of the season, Kyle O’Quinn’s name was thrown around as a player that the Knicks could possibly trade, due to the fact that they have such a logjam at the center position.
Let’s face it, would it wouldn’t be smart for the Knicks to trade O’Quinn. They might have Willy Hernangomez and Joakim Noah, but neither is as valuable as O’Quinn right now. Especially with Enes Kanter dealing with multiple injuries.
I’m not sure if anyone expected Michael Beasley to be such an important player for the Knicks this season. He’s been great off the bench and has shown a lot as a starter when he’s had to fill in for Kristaps Porzingis.
With injuries to Tim Hardaway Jr. and Porzingis, the Knicks need Beasley more than ever. He might only be averaging 8.7 points per game this season, but in five of sevens games this month, Beasley has put up double digit points.
Knicks’ starting shooting guard Courtney Lee has been huge this season, especially since Tim Hardaway Jr. went down with a leg injury that’s forced him to miss the past several games.
Bleacher Report believes that the Knicks should tank and trade Lee, but I disagree.
Lee is averaging 13.2 points per game and stepped up on Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets when Kristaps Porzingis exited with a knee injury. He finished the game with 27 points.
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