Will the New York Knicks pull off a deadline deal?
The New York Knicks traded center Willy Hernagomez on Wednesday to the Charlotte Hornets for two second round picks and forward Johnny O’Bryant on Wednesday.
It would be nice if the Knicks could move veterans Kyle O’Quinn and Courtney Lee before today’s deadline, but they might have a hard time doing so.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that teams are very reluctant to make moves, due to the fact that they can get the players they need in the buyout market after the deadline.
Several teams tell ESPN that they're already easing out of the trade market today to focus on filling needs with what is expected to be a strong post-deadline pool of free agents in the buyout market.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
The last time the Knicks worked out a trade on the final day of the deadline was in 2015. Don’t be surprised if they don’t make anymore moves.
As we approach the 3 pm trade deadline – last Knicks actual deadline day deal: 2015 Pablo Prigioni to Houston for Alexey Shved and 2nd round picks in 2017 (Ognjen Jaramaz) and 2019
— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) February 8, 2018
Latest on Joakim Noah
If the Knicks end up waiving or buying out Joakim Noah, both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder would be interested signing him, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Assuming the Knicks don’t find a trade for Joakim Noah, opposing executives expect OKC and Minnesota to be among the teams interested in Noah if he’s waived or bought out by the Knicks, per sources. As of earlier this week, Noah remained opposed to a buyout, sources say.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 8, 2018
I don’t think there is anyway that Noah will ever play again for the Knicks and they will likely have to waive him, which is unfortunate when it comes to their salary cap situation.
I wouldn’t expect the Knicks to use the stretch provision if they do waive him, because that would just drag on how long they’ll be paying Noah.