The New York Knicks seem to be a team that could be buyers ahead of the NBA trade deadline and there’s one All-Star option the team could consider. Among the players the Knicks could inquire about, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported that Tom Thibodeau would be ‘open’ to reuniting with Karl-Anthony Towns.
After defeating the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, the Knicks have a 17-17 record, which is good enough for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Given their chances of making the playoffs, New York could be monitoring situations for certain players in case they become available.
One player the Knicks are keeping close tabs on is Towns, who is on a Minnesota Timberwolves team that has already fired their head coach and holds a league-worst 7-27 record. Even though it’s unlikely that Minnesota makes him available, Thibodeau would be content with landing the talented big man via trade.
Thibodeau had an opportunity to coach Towns when he was the head coach of the Timberwolves for two and a half seasons from 2016-2019. In Thibodeau’s final two years in Minnesota, Towns flashed his true potential, earning himself two All-Star nods.
However, it was known that Thibodeau and Towns didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye during their time together as the veteran coach was ousted during the 2018-2019 season after a 19-21 start to the season. Despite their previous transgressions together, Thibodeau believes that acquiring Towns could help them reach their ultimate goals.
With that being said, if the Knicks were to make an offer for Towns, it remains unknown what they’d have to give up.