Wes Matthews more likely to be traded by Knicks than DeAndre Jordan
The New York Knicks are likely to flip a large part of their return for Kristaps Porzingis to minimize their costs this season and start stacking draft picks before the trade deadline. According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, shooting guard Wes Matthews is more likely to be traded than teammate DeAndre Jordan before the trade deadline hits.
“The Knicks are hopeful Jordan, 30, will be a big influence on rookie Mitchell Robinson, who missed Sunday’s game with an illness. The Knicks already have received multiple inquiries about Matthews. The Sixers are expected to have some interest at Thursday’s deadline as they search for the perfect bench piece.”
Yet head coach David Fizdale stated he sees a fit with both players in this roster.
“Both of those guys have played some [playoff] series on some really good basketball teams,” Fizdale said. “And who knows what the future holds for these guys? They’re ours now, free agents at the end of the year, but who knows? I want them to come here and enjoy the process with us and really help the young guys.”
Moving Matthews would give the likes of Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson ample playing time for the remainder of the season while allowing the Knicks to plug-and-play others at that position, as they approach the last 30 games of the season with a league-worst 10-42 overall record.