The New York Knicks may want to make a move before the trade deadline and the Charlotte Hornets might have someone they need.
The New York Knicks need some more firepower if they’re going to make a real run at the playoffs this season.
While Kristaps Porzingis has been great so far this year, he can’t do it alone. Especially with Tim Hardaway Jr. still out with a leg injury.
The Charlotte Hornets have a couple of players that the Knicks may want to look into acquiring.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported earlier this month that the Hornets could end up deciding to trade either Nic Batum or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The prevailing thought in NBA circles is the Hornets have to move off a salary, with forward Nic Batum, who can’t seem to get and stay healthy or swingman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist being candidates. Of the two, Kidd-Gilchrist is owed the least amount of money—$13 million a year for the next three years, which isn’t exactly a bargain.
When it comes to Batum, he’s an overall really good player, but he’s also 29 years-old. He’s actually only missed a total of 17 games over the past two seasons, according to Daily Knicks, so the thought of him being injury prone is not a big worry.
Kidd-Gilchrist on the other hand was taken with the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. Even though hasn’t lived up to expectations yet, he’s still a young player that could flourish with another team.
With the Knicks having a void to fill at the small forward position, Batum or Kidd-Christ would be a nice addition. But I would attempt to trade for Kidd-Gilchrist, given his upside and potential.
The question is, what would it take for the Hornets to trade him?
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