Knicks free agent options with major trade still possible

With two weeks earlier than their first follow, the Knicks still have two open roster spots.

They are late in filling the very again finish of the roster as a result of the franchise was concerned in Donovan Mitchell trade negotiations in early September.

And they still might angle for an additional major transaction involving Julius Randle and Evan Fournier, who’s enjoying for France within the EuroBasket match.

As one personnel director stated this week, “There was virtually nobody on this group that wasn’t obtainable this summer time.”

Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge — a pair of former All-Star energy forwards who spent final season with the Nets — are still free brokers, as is veteran level guard Eric Bledsoe and, in fact, Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony.

The Post has beforehand reported that the Knicks have had inside talks concerning Anthony, who’s amenable to returning to New York to complete his profession.

Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, LaMarcus Aldridge
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Griffin, Aldridge and Anthony might function mentors for Randle and Obi Toppin. However, the Knicks do not see any of these vets an excellent match in the mean time. The 37-year-old Aldridge would take advantage of sense within the occasion Randle will get traded as a result of he might still be a serviceable low-post scorer as a backup to Toppin.

Other obtainable free brokers embrace journeyman massive males Tristan Thompson, Dwight Howard, Cody Zeller and Hassan Whiteside. Howard may very well be a mentor for Jericho Sims and Mitchell Robinson. The Knicks misplaced sage heart Taj Gibson in free company to Washington.

The wings still on the market embrace grizzled defensive specialist Andre Iguodola, Rodney Hood, Jabari Parker and DeAndre’ Bembry. Among the remaining guards are Avery Bradley, Facu Campazzo, Wayne Ellington and Ryan Arcidiacono, who completed the season in New York.

Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Dwight Howard additionally stays available on the market.
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Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has a historical past of creating his fifteenth man somebody who would not care about enjoying time. The Knicks reduce former Magic guard Dwayne Bacon final coaching camp to maintain Wayne Selden, who was changed by Arcidiacono.

The Knicks even have a pair of two-way contract gamers in ahead Feron Hunt and Trevor Keels, the second-round pick of Duke who seems destined for a season within the G League. They might promote Hunt to a full-time contract.

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