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Knicks ‘aggressive’ in pursuit of blockbuster trade

Knicks, Leon Rose

The New York Knicks made some noise in the offseason, but as team president Leon Rose noted, the wheeling and dealing is far from over.

Speaking with reporters on Friday, Rose hinted about the team’s plan to pull off a blockbuster trade in the coming weeks and months. The team added Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier in the offseason, but they remain on the lookout for a move that could elevate the franchise to title contention.

With several players reportedly not happy with their respective teams, like Damian Lillard, Zion Williamson and Ben Simmons, Rose and the Knicks are looking for the right opportunity to pounce. And when a chance presents itself, the franchise will be ready to make the phone call.

“We’re gonna be aggressive as far as knowing what’s going on and as far as being on top of things and looking at opportunities,’’ Rose said, per The New York Post. “But at the same time, we’re going to be prudent and disciplined in decisions that we make that are going to take into account positives and negatives, short term, long term, all those factors in a decision-making process.”

The Knicks had a successful 2020-21 campaign, finishing fourth in the East behind an All-Star season from Julius Randle. However, they suffered a first-round exit at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks, putting an end to the hometown’s dreams of a New York showdown with the Brooklyn Nets.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau and Co. bolstered the roster with the Walker and Forunier additions, all while retaining their core and keeping their role players. But for the team to compete in the loaded East, Leon Rose knows they to get more star power.

With Rose’s comments, it’s safe to expect the Knicks to be active in tweaking the roster throughout the new campaign.