The Knicks 20-21 enter Wednesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Last season, they had the same number through 41 games. Thanks in part for the strong play of Derek rose, New York went 21-10 during the remainder of the regular season and was seeded No. 4 in the East.
Knicks got Rose from Detroit for Dennis Smith Jr. And choose the second round. It turned out to be one of the best deals in the NBA last season.
If you’ve watched this year’s Knicks regularly, you know this group isn’t much like last year’s team.
Can the Knicks management find another Derrick Rose-like deal to motivate the team in the second half?
We’ll find out over the next few weeks.
The NBA trade deadline is February 10 (less than a month later).
The teams have already started discussing different trade options both internally and externally.
Many clubs are in or close to a dispute, so it is difficult to determine who the sellers and who the buyers will be at the deadline.
Much of that will be decided over the next two weeks or so.
Given the path the Knicks have taken up to this point, it’s fair to assume that they’ll be looking to upgrade their roster before the deadline.
With that in mind, we asked a former executive what approach he would take on the deadline. (The executive requested anonymity so they could speak freely about a particular franchise.)
“I’m not going to take it. You’re going to get (Derek) Rose back sometime in the next few weeks. But when Rose was healthy, this team wasn’t that good. I think you should look seriously at some of the youngsters that might be available. ) Be aggressive.. For me the roster is not far off (from the competition).I added the right player or two and this is (a different team).
“The problem now is that they are holding back. And that could make it more difficult (attracting outside talent in the future). But if you add another young player and start turning around (this season), you are putting yourself in a good position (to continue building the roster).”
So who is there? Teams – internally and externally – talk about scores of players during the trade season. You’ll likely hear or read reports of dozens of players in trade talks over the next few weeks.
Here’s what we know now:
As SNY previously reported, there are Knicks decision makers who see it Miles Turner as a commercial objective.
The Knicks are also among the teams that have had a degree of interest in them Cam Reddish According to sources familiar with the Reddish dynamic in Atlanta.
The hawks, according to various reports, will make – or make – Reddish available via commerce.
The Indiana Pacers, according to a report from The Athletic, have pivoted into rebuilding mode. Many teams expect Turner to be available before the deadline.
If the Knicks are traded for Turner or Reddish, the club will presumably plan to sign another contract with the player. Turner’s deal expires in 2023. Reddish is entering the third year of his rookie contract. so he and RJ Barrett It will be on extensions at the same time.
Given this dynamic, future salary should be a consideration for any team considering trading for players like Turner and Reddish.
The Knicks already have funds committed in 2022-23 and 2023-24, although some of that earmarked money can be transferred by trade.
Even if they transferred some of that money, the Knicks would still spend a significant amount of cover space on Barrett, Julius Randle, and either Turner or Reddish, if they are traded to either player.
There is one factor to keep in mind as the Knicks – and the rest of the league – approach their trading deadline.
Another note: This is just my opinion, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of following the Knicks Galen Bronson Until the day Bronson announces his retirement. Bronson is an unrestricted free agent in 2022. He is a skilled young key guard.
Bronson has a lot of connections with this Knicks organization.
Rick, Bronson’s father, was one of the team bosses leon roseThe first NBA customers. Rose also represented Jalen Bronson. Rick Bronson, former coach of Nick Tom Thibodeau.
A few months ago, Tim McMahon of ESPN pointed out that recovery That Dallas floated the idea of trading Bronson to New York ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft in an effort to move into the first round. Dallas values Bronson highly, MacMahon reports, but the club could recoup a lot of value if they transfer Bronson between now and the 2022 trade deadline.