Four Knicks who could be dealt as the NBA trade deadline looms

The Feb. 9 trade deadline is looming, and the skidding Knicks, losers of 4 straight video games coming into Tuesday’s contest in opposition to the Cavaliers, clearly want reinforcements. They even have quite a few out-of-the-rotation gamers who could be moved.

The Post takes a have a look at these gamers, and their present scenario:

Cam Reddish

He was a shock contributor on opening night time and truly acquired eight begins, however he has been tied to the bench for six weeks, ever since coach Tom Thibodeau went to a nine-man rotation on Dec. 4. An unrestricted free agent at the finish of the season, the 6-foot-8 Reddish is a protracted shot to be a Knick after the trade deadline.

There have been rumors that the Lakers could be a doable vacation spot for the former one-and-done star out of Duke, earlier than they landed Washington’s Rui Hachimura. The newest discuss features a doable deal to the Bucks for Grayson Allen, in line with HoopsHype. But clearly, the Knicks should not going to obtain a first-round choose in alternate for Reddish, which is what they gave the Hawks final January in alternate for the proficient — however thus far disappointing — wing in considered one of the worst strikes of the Leon Rose period.

Cam Reddish is prone to be traded earlier than the NBA trade deadline.
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Obi Toppin

Will his position ever develop? Will he ever carry out as much as the stage of the eighth-overall choose? Odds are, it will not occur right here, not as lengthy as Julius Randle is taking part in so properly.

This has thus far been a misplaced season for Toppin, who not too long ago missed 13 video games as a result of a non-displaced fracture in his proper fibula. On Sunday in opposition to Toronto, he scored 12 first-half factors — his first time in double figures since Nov. 13 — then obtained buried for mainly the remainder of the sport.

His defensive points and incapability to create his personal shot will not assist his trade worth. He remains to be an asset, on his rookie deal, and his 3-point capturing has improved — Toppin is capturing a career-best 36.2 p.c from distance — even when his general numbers have regressed. He could be a part of a deal to land a longtime veteran. According to NBA reporter Sean Deveney, the Knicks and Pacers have talked a couple of deal involving Toppin.

Evan Fournier

The sharpshooting guard from France says he needs to be a Knick, however he needs to play, too. He misplaced his beginning job, first to Reddish after which Quentin Grimes, and has been out of the rotation since Nov. 13, solely taking part in significant minutes as a result of harm.

Moving Fournier will be tough, since he’s owed $18 million this season, $18.9 million subsequent season and has a $19 million membership choice the following yr. It would nearly definitely take the Knicks attaching an asset to maneuver Fournier, which they’ve been thus far unwilling to do, in line with a number of stories.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
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Derrick Rose

The Thibodeau favourite dealt with his demotion to the bench gracefully, and the Knicks’ younger guards have raved about his management. But he’s merely amassing mud at this level.

NBA reporter Marc Stein not too long ago reported that the Knicks need to do proper by the 34-year-old Rose and ship him to an excellent scenario earlier than the deadline. That scenario could be Chicago, his hometown and the place he gained an MVP. Rose was showered with cheers when the Knicks have been in the Windy City not too long ago.

It could be the good sendoff to a memorable profession, significantly since the Bulls have just a few influence gamers, such as DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine, who could be made obtainable.


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