The New York Knicks, sitting below .500, should be looking to make moves to make them a contender, however, they have not been in trade talks and haven’t made any notable acquisitions since the summer. With the trade deadline swiftly approaching, the Knicks should look to make noise-and that could all be done with a trade of their long time star, Carmelo Anthony. If the Knicks can get draft picks, young players, or a mix of both while also getting rid of Melos contract, it could make them contenders for years to come.
Here are some trades that would benefit the Knicks greatly:
This trade not only benefits the Knicks, but it could help the Celtics as well. The Celtics would add a true scorer to the roster to pair with Isaiah Thomas and would add some veteran experience. As for the Knicks, this would add three young players to the roster and would fill in spots that are missing. This would make the Knicks younger and would force the spotlight to be on Kristaps Porzingis, which is most likely the best situation.
Once again, this trade would make both teams better. Demarcus Cousins has little to no help in Sacramento, and this trade would relieve some of his duties. It would also take pressure off of the two terrible point guards that the Kings have: Ty Lawson and Darren Collison. As for the Knicks, it gives them a scorer in Rudy Gay, veteran presence and productivity in Anthony Tolliver, and a young player who hasn’t exactly had his chance to shine yet, Ben Mclemore. This trade seems to be the most likely of all, due to the needs of both teams.
This trade could be very beneficial to the Knicks or could hurt them. Tobias Harris, a serviceable and young SF, was one of the Knicks top targets two summers ago. Though they were unable to acquire him, this could be their chance. The Knicks would also be adding Guard Ish Smith, who would fit in as a great backup point guard or even shooting guard. As for Detroit, this would be their chance for a true star. This move would also be beneficial for the future, as it could be possible for Melo to mentor Stanley Johnson. Although this trade might not be realistic, anything is possible with the Knicks front office.