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Knicks were reluctant to trade Kevin Knox at trade deadline

Kevin Knox, Knicks

The New York Knicks were reportedly reluctant to trade small forward Kevin Knox at the trade deadline, according to Ian Begley of SNY.

Many people within the Knicks organization view Knox as part of the young core:

Ex-president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry selected Kevin Knox with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Knicks showed how much they valued Knox by their actions prior to the 2020 NBA trade deadline. Several teams in touch with the Knicks prior to Mills’ reassignment came away with the impression that New York was very hesitant to deal Knox, per SNY sources.

Before Mills was let go as team president, the Knicks, per sources, had a package that they felt Golden State liked in exchange for D’Angelo Russell. It’s unclear if Knox was included in that package.

But teams generally had the feeling that Knox was not going to be moved unless it was for a young star, sources say. So that gives you some indication of how the club values Knox.

Many in the organization viewed him as part of the young core, which included Mitchell Robinson and RJ Barrett, to build around moving forward, per sources.

Knox has appeared in 58 games for the Knicks this season. He’s averaging 6.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists while shooting 36.2 percent from the field, 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.1 percent from the free-throw line.

The Knicks drafted Knox with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He put up 12.8 points per game as a rookie, but has struggled this season.