In nearly two months of the 2022–23 NBA season. The New York Knicks were aiming for an 11–13 record, good for a ninth seed in the Eastern Conference. It’s not that bad, and if the season had ended today, the Knicks would have made the play-in. However, there is certainly room for improvement, especially on the defensive side of the ball, where the Knicks are 23rd in the league and allow for the third-highest-scoring triples this season, including a recent loss when they allowed the Dallas Mavericks to connect. 24 times. 3 points.
Jalen Brunson, who became New York’s famous off-season acquisition, has kept his contract to this day, averaging career highs across the board (21.0 points, 6.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals). ) for the Knicks and giving them a much-needed edge. host ball handler, New York show manager.
That said, despite a mediocre start to the season, the Knicks are already looking for ways to improve their game. The Athletic reports that New York active in trade discussions until December 15, when many of the players who signed up last summer will become available. These discussions include Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickly, Evan Fournier and Cam Reddish, in no particular order, but some of these names will bring more profit than others.
For example, according to Fred Katz, if the Knicks were to trade Fournier, who has been completely out of the rotation for the last 11 games, New York would not want to use the draft pick to cancel his contract. Fournier is owed $36.5 million for this and next year, and for the 2024-2025 season. the team will receive an option for $19 million. However, the Knicks will likely have to choose the team that will sign this contract.
The same probably goes for Rose, whose injury history has reared its ugly head over the past two seasons, where he has played a total of 61 games in that span. He’s averaging 6.4 points this season and didn’t even participate in the Knicks’ recent win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. If Rose were to be sold, it would make more sense for him to be the filler of the package rather than the centerpiece.
As for the younger guys from Reddish and Quickley, Katz says the Knicks are willing to bring one of them into the Fournier deal to make it more attractive to teams. Quickly is by far the more intriguing two-man prospect, earning an All-Rookie honor in 2021 and establishing himself as a solid player for the Knicks over the past three years. The Knicks are also considering the idea of trading Quickley as a regular, but they are reportedly asking for his future first-round pick in return, a high asking price for a player who averages 11.2 points, 3.0 over a career. rebounds, 2.9. assists and shoots only 39.6 percent from the field.
While it’s rare for teams to make many trades in December, it looks like the Knicks are doing some early work ahead of the February trade deadline to try and improve the team and try to make the playoffs this season.