New York Knicks Wisely Stood Pat At Trading Deadline
As the NBA Trading Deadline came Thursday, the New York Knicks were in the talks for many of the players available for trades.
But after the trading deadline passed, the Knicks mostly stood pat and didn’t make any major moves.
The Knicks only made one trade this week. They did a three-way trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers, trading Austin Rivers (Thunder) and Ignas Brazdeikis (76ers). The Knicks received Terrance Ferguson, Vincent Poirier, and a 2021 second-round pick. New York is planning to waive Poirer and Ferguson doesn’t figure to be in their future plans.
All in all, the Knicks will still field the same team that they had before the deadline. But they did the right thing in not trading away pieces and keeping their core together.
The Knicks are still not yet a championship contender. But they are a playoff-caliber team that’s playing to get in the postseason. And they have improved a lot this season, more than many expected.
But most importantly they have a roster full of solid young players that they can build around for the future. For years, the Knicks have been rebuilding through the draft and not going for the quick fix as they have done in the past. So they have gone through a lot of losing.
But this season, it’s finally paying off with a new regime. Coach Tom Thibodeau has changed the team’s culture and is winning more games. Julius Randle is having an All-Star season. RJ Barrett has taken a big step this season from his rookie year and could also be on his way to stardom. Mitchell Robinson continues to be a solid defensive center and provides a low post presence. And Immanuel Quickley has had a much better rookie season than expected and could also be a key future piece.
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So they have a good thing going right now and could get better. So why break it up?
Back in 2011 after much losing, the Knicks looked like they have finally turned the corner. They acquired Amare Stoudemire and he played like an MVP in his first season in NY. He was sort of like what Randle is now. Raymond Felton was playing like an All-Star under Coach Mike Antoni’s offensive system. Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Landry were also parts of a solid young core that they can build around for years.
The Knicks back then were not a title contender yet but they were a playoff-caliber team as well that can get better.
But then came the Carmelo Anthony trade. They could’ve acquired Melo when he became a free agent in the 2011 offseason. Instead, they traded for him and had to give up many pieces for him (Felton, Gallinari, Chandler, multiple draft picks).
Even though they got a bona fide star in Melo, they lost a lot of young depth and it set their future back. They only had one great season in 2012-2013 winning 54 games with Melo and Amare together.
Now back to the current regime in 2021. So the Knicks did the right thing in not mortgaging the future for even a star piece. Yes, they could’ve improved their team and perhaps made them a title contender this season. But would it have been worth the cost of giving up some of their pieces and losing some depth?
Some of the players they were interested in, Victor Oladipo and Lonzo Ball will be free agents after this season. The Knicks have plenty of salary-cap space to sign one of them. They could do that and they still have their young core to improve their team even more.
The Knicks may not have improved their current team much during the trading deadline. But they kept their future intact and are more set to compete long term.
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