The New York Knicks are looking to be busy by Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline. Doing so all depends on whether or not they are willing to up the ante.
The Knicks are focusing on upgrading their point guard position at the deadline among other positions. We have noted the renewed interest in Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry, along with yesterday’s news that the Knicks are targeting Atlanta Hawks’ point guard Jeff Teague.
However with what the Knicks have reportedly been offering teams, you have to wonder exactly how serious they are about making an upgrade.
New York is continuing to try to pry Lowry away from the Raptors, offering packages that include Felton, Iman Shumpert and Beno Udrih, Begley reports. The Knicks have been reluctant to offer Tim Hardaway Jr. or a first-round draft pick, but the Raptors are believed to be demanding at least one of the two.
Begley also writes:
The Knicks, Raptors and Hawks have had preliminary discussions about a three-team deal that would provide the Raptors with the first-rounder they’re apparently seeking, according to Begley. Such a deal would send Teague to the Raptors, Shumpert to the Hawks and Lowry to the Knicks, sources tell Begley, who notes that it’s also still a possibility that Teague winds up with the Knicks.
If that situation doesn’t happen, the Knicks are going to have to do more than offer Felton, who general managers around the league have deemed the worst point guard in the NBA; Shumpert, whose trade value is at an all-time low; and Udrih, who has next to know trade value.
That offer alone for Lowry is comical at best.
With Carmelo Anthony unlikely to be dealt, the only way the Knicks will seriously improve the lead guard position is by getting serious with their offers. If they keep dangling Felton and Udrih, no one is likely to bite.