RUMOR: Knicks keeping an ‘eye on a lot of players’ as trade season nears
After firing head coach David Fizdale, the New York Knicks are now hoping to turn around their fortunes by being active in the upcoming trade season.
NBA teams can start moving players signed during free agency by Dec. 15, and according to Ian Begley of SNY.TV, the Knicks are keeping an “eye on a lot of players” who could potentially elevate the team and help them compete.
Some of the potential players that could be available and the Knicks could target include Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs and Dennis Schroder of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
New York are 4-18 on the season, the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Fizdale became the fall guy for the horrendous start, even though the front office is equally guilty for the makeup of the team.
The Knicks signed plenty of big men during the offseason, spending their massive cap space to bring in the likes of Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis and Marcus Morris to the Big Apple. Those big men joined the likes of Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox to make for a crowded frontcourt.
New York certainly lacks a player who can take over during games, with their best player being Morris who is averaging 18.3 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
It is possible the Knicks will trim down their frontcourt in search of a go-to guy, and they have enough enticing assets to pull off such move. However, it remains to be seen if they will be willing to trade future first round picks to get the guy they want considering that the front office has been adamant not to part ways with picks.