While head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks refused to commit to the idea that they could target a superstar prior to the March 25 trade deadline, that doesnâ€™t mean theyâ€™re completely out of the market. The Knicks have been connected to players like Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, and Victor Oladipo the past few weeks, but making a smaller, less impactful trade could still be on their mind.
Two players the New York have kept her eyes on are three-point specialist JJ Redick of the New Orleans Pelicans and guard Lonzo Ball. Adding a point guard might be beneficial for a team that is currently without Elfrid Payton and Derrick Rose. The moment Rose left the team for personal reasons, they completely imploded against the Milwaukee Bucks. However, second-year guard RJ Barrett has looked phenomenal over the past three games, averaging 25 points, 3.3 assists, and 4.6 rebounds. The Knicks are happily watching Barrett develop into a star at a significant rate, so adding a complementary piece might be in their best interest.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Knicks are intrigued by JJ Redick:
Thibodeau said earlier this week that the Knicks were â€œlooking at all the possibilities.â€ They are probably keeping an eye on dozens of potential trade targets across the league. Prior to the All-Star break, New Orleansâ€™Â JJ Redick was among the players the Knicks were keeping an eye on.
Redick is currently in the middle of a down year, averaging just 8.7 points over 18.6 minutes played. While his minutes are down significantly compared to recent years, heâ€™s putting forth his lowest point totals since 2008, when he averaged just 17.4 minutes per game.
His three-point percentage is hovering around .364, the lowest itâ€™s been since 2012, so clearly, either age is getting the better of Redick or simply not playing with confidence in New Orleans.
With family in Brooklyn, making a move to New York would likely be a positive twist for him, and the Knicks might get a revitalized player in the process. He would likely be a cheap add, and utilizing his primary strength from behind the arc should inject a bit more offensive efficiency into the team. I like this move at the right price, but the Knicks need to be careful with their asset allocations.