The New York Knicks are all over the place. They’ve missed out on big free agents and lottery balls have gone astray. They are in desperate need of some star power, someone to sell jerseys and become the face of the franchise.
Is Buddy Hield that? Probably not. But he would certainly be a solid second option should owner James Dolan find a way to bring in a bigger star.
But what do the Knicks have to give up? They’re not going to give up on RJ Barrett just yet, and I’m not sure that anyone wants Kevin Knox. That essentially leaves Julius Randle as the lone valuable asset on the roster. Let’s check out this trade from the guys at Daily Knicks:
Eh. This one doesn’t entice us enough.
Sure, Randle is a good player and second or third scoring option, but we are unsure about how he would be able to fit in the Kings current rotation. As we mentioned, Sacramento has some work to do on its front line this offseason, so fit and minutes are subject to change. But unless a trade for Hield is answering a definitive question or plugging an obvious hole, we’re going to be reluctant to pull the trigger.
Dennis Smith and the first-round pick would be nice throw-ins, but not enough to move the meter on a trade for a valuable asset like Hield. Smith might not fit in to the rotation either, and who knows what the value of a Mavericks first-round pick in a few years will be. This offer would likely be a desperation heave by the Knicks, a hail mary to get a proven commodity into Madison Square Garden.
WOULD WE DO IT?