Though the New York Knicks have won three of their last five games, they still sit at a meagerly 6-15. Furthermore, their three wins have come against struggling, sub-.500 teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, and Chicago Bulls. The Knicks still have plenty of issues, and unless they piece together a string of five, six, or seven games in a row, they’ll be far from respectable, even in the lousy Eastern Conference.
With that in mind, according to several sources, the Knicks are in pursuit of point guard Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors.
According to Marc Stein, Raymond Felton would most certainly be gone in this situation; however, as for those other players, there are really only a few options. Basically, the Knicks would have to send either Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr. over in that trade. However, the Raptors apparently aren’t too into Iman Shumpert, according to Howard Beck, so it would either be Hardaway Jr. or… oh, yes, draft picks.
The Knicks have a few things going for them: Kyle Lowry has become known as a locker room problem, and it’s apparently turned suits off to him; not a lot of teams need point guards right now; and finally, the Toronto Raptors are desperate. The Raptors aren’t desperate like the Knicks, but they are trying to shed salary and lose games for a better lottery pick. With all that said, the Knicks can be a little firmer in their stance.
Obviously, New York doesn’t have a lot of picks, and frankly, giving up more of them might not even make the trade worthwhile. Lowry is a free agent this summer, and although the Knicks could acquire his sign-and-trade rights (in case he decides to book it this summer), it might not be worth giving up another draft pick for 60 games of Kyle Lowry. Again, losing more assets like Shumpert, Hardaway Jr., or a pick isn’t a good way to build a team. Since the Knicks do have a little bit of power in this situation, it might be possible to bargain down to giving up, say, Felton, Metta World Peace, and another bench player without losing all of their assets.
But… despite all of that, Lowry is a great fit for this team. He’s big, strong, athletic, capable of hitting three-pointers, and a plus on defense. He’d easily improve this team, but the Knicks need to get him for the right price. It’s a situation worth monitoring, but one thing seems evident: this current group of Knicks probably won’t be together for long,
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