The New York Knicks may want to unload some veteran before the trade deadline.
It was great for the New York Knicks to get a “road” win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, but they have a huge road trip that starts on Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies that will lead them out west to face off against teams like the Golden State Warriors.
If the Knicks can somehow survive this trip and at least win three of their six games away from Madison Square Garden, they might be able to make a playoff push during the second half of the season.
But, if the Knicks falter, like many people expect that they will, it might be wise for New York to unload some veteran players, since president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry made it clear this past summer that their main goal is to develop their younger players and if they make the playoffs that would be great, but that’s not their priority.
Here are five players that the Knicks should think about trading.
Yes, I know Michael Beasley has been great for the Knicks this season, but if they take a nose dive this month, they’re not going to be able to make the playoffs and it might be time to start the process of tanking for a lottery pick.
Also, let’s be honest, Beasley will not be re-signing with the Knicks this summer. He’s had a great season and I’m sure a team will give him a nice payday as a starter. It won’t be the Knicks.
Like Beasley, Jarrett Jack won’t be returning to the Knicks after this season and as good as he’s been, it’s just about time to start rookie Frank Ntilikina. It would also open up more playing time for Trey Burke.
Jack may not fetch much by himself on the trade market, but I’m sure the Knicks could package him with another player.
I’ve stated why the Knicks need to trade Kyle O’Quinn. He’s expected to opt out of his contract this summer, so there’s no reason to keep him around and the Knicks aren’t going to give him the money he’s looking for with so much invested in Joakim Noah already.
Lee is having a career year so far while averaging over 13 points per game, but it would be wise to move on from him and move Tim Hardaway Jr. to shooting guard.
Moving Lee, would also free up more playing time for Ron Baker.
Well, as much as Knicks’ fans love Enes Kanter’s grit, he’s not happy right now given the fact that he’s not playing much during the fourth quarter.
Like O’Quinn, moving Kanter would allow the Knicks to play Willy Hernangomez and Joakim Noah more.
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