The New York Knicks could end up trading Doug McDermott.
The New York Knicks need to unload as many veterans as they can prior to today’s trade deadline.
The top two guys they need to get rid of are Courtney Lee and Kyle O’Quinn. But there are other players on their roster that are worth getting moving on from as well.
ESPN’s Marc Spears is reporting that Knicks’ small forward Doug McDermott has been drawing some attention on the trade market.
The quiet Knicks have been getting a lot of interest in sharpshooting forward Doug McDermott.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 8, 2018
The thing with McDermott is that his contract isn’t bad. He’s in the fourth year of a, four-year $10 million deal. The Knicks will have a chance to issue a qualifying offer for McDermott this summer before he can become a restricted free agent.
If the Knicks could get a second round pick for McDermott, they should jump all over it.
One team that could make sense for McDermott is the Philadelphia 76ers, who have thought about trading for him, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.
Sixers are looking for a shooter at the deadline. Have mulled McDermott. They still have bevy of second-rounders.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) February 8, 2018
The Sixers already have J.J. reddick, but adding another three-point specialist wouldn’t be a bad idea as they make a push for the playoffs.
McDermott had a good start to the season, but has had his minutes cut lately, due to the fact that he’s not athletic enough to make the difference the Knicks need him to make. Not to mention that he hasn’t been shooting the ball that well.
Update: Knicks have traded McDermott to the Mavs in a three team deal.