Considered to be one of the most active clubs on the trade market this season, many are expecting the New York Knicks to roll the dice and take a crack at making at least one sizable move before the February 9 deadline.
Be it for a key bench upgrade or a highly coveted star, Leon Rose and company are projected to be looking into making some considerable shakeups to the club’s roster this year, and it’s because of this that Dan Favale of Bleacher Report predicts that they could prove to be one of only a handful of teams that may wind up trading away multiple first-round picks.
“The New York Knicks, meanwhile, are here for clicks as the sensible option. They have a crap ton of lower- and mid-end firsts, some of which aren’t especially likely to convey anytime soon or at all. (Looking at you, obligations from Detroit and Washington).
“Giving up one of those assets without acquiring a star is hardly back-breaking. Keep your eyes peeled on Obi Toppin, too. He is extension-eligible this summer, the Knicks still refuse to trot him out at center, and he has no clear path to a purposeful role so long as Julius Randle is on the team and making an All-Star case,” Favale wrote.
Since the early stages of this year’s campaign, it has been a rumored belief around the association that the Knicks have been “hoarding” draft picks to lure in a talent of their desire and, considering they hold the rights to four first-round picks in this year’s draft alone, could effortlessly outbid virtually any other organization in a pursuit by using said assets.
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Whether it be by means of attaching one or more picks along with, say, the potentially expendable Obi Toppin or by simply overloading an outbound package with future draft capital, it’s reasonable to believe that the Knicks will wind up shelling out some of their first-rounders at or around this year’s deadline to execute a trade.
As far as Favale is concerned, however, there’s a good chance that New York will wind up parting ways with several of these assets this season.
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