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Report: Knicks believe they’re well-positioned to trade for a star


The New York Knicks have begun believing again. To many, the Knicks hit rock bottom this season, and it now appears there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

In a recent report by Ian Begley of SNY, the Knicks team insider shared how there seems to be a growing feeling within the organization that they’re a step or two away from landing their next big superstar. The article also states that the team’s front office is looking to do this via trade:

That trade left them with seven first-round picks in the next four drafts, and a young core that includes RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox and Ntilikina. They’ll also have significant cap flexibility, which is partially the result of the short-term deals with team options inked last summer.

Because of that, some with the Knicks feel that they are incredibly well positioned to trade for a disgruntled star if one becomes available.

“It’s the best path for us,” one front office member recently said.

This actually makes a lot of sense. Despite their recent woes, the Knicks do have a lot of draft picks at their disposal and a number of young players who could be attractive in trade offers. New York can put together significant trade packages if new president Leon Rose wants to do it. The belief is Rose would be willing to deal away first-round picks because the club has so many of them.

It is worth noting that the Knicks do not appear to be targeting a specific star. They’re keeping their options open and are perhaps waiting for the best opportunity to strike. The next “disgruntled star” might emerge in a year or two (or perhaps much sooner), and New York seems to be willing to wait it out and strike when the iron’s hot.