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RUMOR: Knicks still opposed to trading future 1st round picks

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The New York Knicks could certainly use a major roster revamp, especially with how their 2019-20 NBA regular season has shaped up so far. With access to some young talents and enticing draft assets, the despondent franchise is expected to be major players in the upcoming trade deadline.

However, according to Ian Begley of SNY, sources privy to the Knicks’ front office discussions claim that the team remains opposed to sending out future first-round picks in any trades under consideration.

The Knicks are rumored to be frontrunners to offer a trade for Detroit Pistons All-Star center Andre Drummond. The 26-year-old big has one-year remaining on the five-year, $127.2 million contract he signed in 2016, and the Pistons will likely lobby for multiple picks for their prized center.

New York does have a collection of expiring contracts, while young players like Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina will warrant some interests from other teams. The team has also reportedly made Bobby Portis available, while a deal for Dennis Smith Jr. is also on the table if the right offer comes.

Contenders, meanwhile, are likely most intrigued by Knicks forward Marcus Morris, who is having a career resurgence with averages of 19.1 points and 5.5 rebounds on 43.8 percent shooting from the field and 46.9 percent from three. It also appears that the only untouchable in the roster is rookie RJ Barrett.

New York is currently in 14th place in the Eastern Conference with an 11-29 record. The team has somewhat been in rebuilding mode for years but has yet to land that one impactful player to turn the franchise around.