It might be time for the New York Knicks to trade Courtney Lee.
We already know that it would make sense for the New York Knicks to trade center Kyle O’Quinn before this season’s deadline, but there’s one more player that the Knicks might need to unload and his name is Courtney Lee.
Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report believes that the Knicks should trade Lee away after they flounder this month, due to their heavy road schedule. Here’s what he wrote:
The smart money is on the latter outcome—partially because Kristaps Porzingis is fading and admittedly tired, and partially because the Knicks already have proved to be trash on the road. Only the Hawks and Utah Jazz have fewer wins away from home.
So the Knicks should see what they can get for O’Quinn, Courtney Lee and any other veterans that don’t figure to matter by the 2020-21 season, which is hopefully when KP, Frank Ntilikina and whomever New York gets with a high lottery pick this year are ready to legitimately compete.
Lee has his moments when he’s able to get hot and help out on the offensive end of the floor, but he’s too inconsistent to help the Knicks as a starter. Lee is only averaging 13.6 points per game, which isn’t that bad, since he’s only averaged 10 points per game during his 11-year NBA career so far.
The question is, if the Knicks trade Lee, who would start in his place?
The most logical answer is Tim Hardaway Jr., since he’s been playing out of position in the three spot. Then the Knicks could have Lance Thomas continue to start at small forward, whch isn’t ideal, but his defense is a nice help.
The Knicks could decide to start rookie Frank Ntilikina at shooting guard. He has the size to play the two spot, but New York wants to develop him as a point guard so that may not help.
New York could also start a guy like Doug McDermott at the three, but he hasn’t faired well this season as a starter.
With the expectation that Trey Burke will be signed to their main roster from Westchester, he could always start at the two, or come off the bench to spell Hardaway.
At the end of the day, the Knicks need to figure out whether or not they would be better off without Lee.
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