RUMORS: Knicks’ fallback plan includes Dennis Schroder & more if mission to acquire Damian Lillard fails
It’s hard to imagine Damian Lillard playing for another team other than the Portland Trail Blazers, but if you ask the New York Knicks, they’d tell you how great the point guard would look in their threads. That being said, there’s little to no certainty when it comes to whether Lillard would eventually ask for a trade out of Portland soon.
That doesn’t mean the Knicks won’t be monitoring closely his situation with the Blazers or that they won’t even try to shoot a proposal over to Portland’s front office, but if that plan falls through, it appears that New York has a contingency plan in their mission to upgrade its backcourt in the summer.
Via Ian Begley of SNY:
If nothing materializes with Lillard, the Knicks have other options at point guard. They can pursue free agents such as Kyle Lowry, Dennis Schroeder, Kendrick Nunn, Lonzo Ball or Chris Paul. They can also seek to trade for another point guard.
Each of those alternatives sounds like better options for whatever the Knicks have now in their backcourt. Derrick Rose, Frank Ntilikina, and Elfrid Payton are all bound for free agency, with their chances of getting re-signed by the team not looking good right now.
Immanuel Quickley could use another year or two to develop, so if the Knicks want someone with experience to set the table for the team right away, Schroder, Kendrick Nunn, Lonzo Ball, and Chris Paul are all tasty targets as of the moment.