Knicks ‘continue to check in’ on Nets star forward

Brooklyn Nets forward Mikal Bridges (1) looks to drive past New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden
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As the New York Knicks consider significant investments in star power and contemplate parting with draft picks, Mikal Bridges of the Brooklyn Nets emerges as an ideal acquisition.

Rumors and Rival Interest

Despite ongoing speculation about potential interest in players like Paul George, the Knicks’ focus might be better directed toward Mikal Bridges if the Nets are open to negotiations. Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports reports that the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, and the Knicks are all keeping tabs on Bridges, who just completed a solid though slightly subdued season.

“The Jazz are said to be right in the mix with Houston, holding the No. 3 pick, and New York, where three of Bridges’ college teammates currently play, among the teams that continue to check with Brooklyn about the availability of its 27-year-old swingman.”

Bridges appeared in all 82 games last season, averaging 19.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists, with shooting percentages of 43.6% from the field and 37.2% from beyond the arc. A notable dip in his scoring efficiency from the previous season was observed, largely attributed to the Nets’ decision to allocate significant playmaking duties to Cam Thomas. This strategy seemed at odds with the team’s expressed intent to build around Bridges, particularly as his involvement appeared to wane later in the season.

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Strategic Fit with the Knicks

Acquiring Bridges would be particularly strategic for the Knicks, given his pre-existing relationships with former Villanova teammates Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, and Donte DiVincenzo, who are all currently with the Knicks. The synergy from these collegiate connections could translate well on the professional court, enhancing team dynamics significantly.

Bridges’ defensive prowess, length, and scoring ability would greatly complement the Knicks, particularly by alleviating some of the burdens on Brunson, who was overstretched last season. While DiVincenzo provides reliable three-point shooting and Hart is valued for his energetic presence, Bridges offers potential star quality as both an All-Star and a Defensive Player of the Year contender.

The Challenge of Securing a Deal

Given his high value, the Knicks would need to present a compelling offer to persuade the Nets to engage in trade discussions.

With the NBA Draft imminent, time is of the essence, but as long as there’s time left before the draft concludes, there remains a chance for the Knicks to make a significant move.

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