The Feb. 9 trade deadline is looming, and the skidding Knicks, losers of 4 straight video games coming into Tuesday’s contest in opposition to the Cavaliers, clearly want reinforcements. They even have quite a few out-of-the-rotation gamers who could be moved.
The Post takes a take a look at these gamers, and their present state of affairs:
He was a shock contributor on opening evening and really obtained eight begins, however he has been tied to the bench for six weeks, ever since coach Tom Thibodeau went to a nine-man rotation on Dec. 4. An unrestricted free agent at the finish of the season, the 6-foot-8 Reddish is an extended shot to be a Knick after the trade deadline.
There had been rumors that the Lakers could be a potential vacation spot for the former one-and-done star out of Duke, earlier than they landed Washington’s Rui Hachimura. The newest discuss features a potential deal to the Bucks for Grayson Allen, in accordance with HoopsHype. But clearly, the Knicks aren’t going to obtain a first-round decide in trade for Reddish, which is what they gave the Hawks final January in trade for the gifted — however to date disappointing — wing in one in every of the worst strikes of the Leon Rose method.
Will his function ever develop? Will he ever carry out as much as the stage of the eighth-overall decide? Odds are, it will not occur right here, not as lengthy as Julius Randle is taking part in so effectively.
This has to date been a misplaced season for Toppin, who lately missed 13 video games resulting from a non-displaced fracture in his proper fibula. On Sunday in opposition to Toronto, he scored 12 first-half factors — his first time in double figures since Nov. 13 — then bought buried for mainly the remainder of the recreation.
His defensive points and incapability to create his personal shot will not assist his trade worth. He continues to be an asset, on his rookie deal, and his 3-point taking pictures has improved — Toppin is taking pictures a career-best 36.2 % from distance — even when his general numbers have regressed. He could be a part of a deal to land a longtime veteran. According to NBA reporter Sean Deveney, the Knicks and Pacers have talked a couple of deal involving Toppin.
The sharpshooting guard from France says he desires to be a Knick, however he desires to play, too. He misplaced his beginning job, first to Reddish after which Quentin Grimes, and has been out of the rotation since Nov. 13, solely taking part in significant minutes resulting from harm.
Moving Fournier will be tough, since he’s owed $18 million this season, $18.9 million subsequent season and has a $19 million membership choice the following yr. It would virtually definitely take the Knicks attaching an asset to maneuver Fournier, which they’ve been to date unwilling to do, in accordance with a number of studies.
The Thibodeau favourite dealt with his demotion to the bench gracefully, and the Knicks’ younger guards have raved about his management. But he’s merely accumulating mud at this level.
NBA reporter Marc Stein lately reported that the Knicks wish to do proper by the 34-year-old Rose and ship him to a superb state of affairs earlier than the deadline. That state of affairs could be Chicago, his hometown and the place he gained an MVP. Rose was showered with cheers when the Knicks had been in the Windy City lately.
It could be the excellent sendoff to a memorable profession, notably since the Bulls have just a few affect gamers, such as DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine, who could be made obtainable.