Knicks can cross one star point guard off their trade wishlist

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While the New York Knicks appear likely to retain key players Isaiah Hartenstein and OG Anunoby, there remains speculation about their interest in adding a superstar to complement Jalen Brunson. Last offseason, the Knicks were strongly linked with point guard Donovan Mitchell, but their enthusiasm seems to have waned, potentially removing them from any future dealings to acquire him from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Evaluating Donovan Mitchell’s Fit with the Knicks

According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, the Knicks’ interest in Mitchell is not as strong as it was a year ago, despite uncertainties surrounding his future and a pending decision on a long-term extension with the Cavaliers.

Mitchell is entering the fourth year of a five-year, $163 million designated rookie extension, which includes a player option for the 2025–26 season at $37 million. Known for his elite scoring abilities, Mitchell might opt out of his current deal in search of a more lucrative contract, possibly signaling an end to his tenure in Cleveland.

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The Cavaliers could offer Mitchell a four-year, $208 million deal, as noted by Bobby Marks of ESPN, and they are optimistic about securing his extension. Should the Knicks decide to pursue another star guard to alleviate some of the scoring load from Brunson, Mitchell could theoretically be a good fit. However, there are considerations regarding how well Mitchell and Brunson would mesh on the court, as both players are shooters who typically need the ball in their hands to be most effective.

Given this dynamic, the Knicks might benefit more from focusing on a player who excels defensively while still providing offensive value. OG Anunoby, known for his defensive prowess, fits this profile perfectly and could be the difference-maker the team needs.

As the Knicks weigh their options, the focus seems to be on re-signing Anunoby and Hartenstein. However, the possibility of a trade still looms, especially if negotiations with either player falter.

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