Knicks getting interest on young point guard’s trade availability

New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley (5) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Cameron Payne (15) in the first half at Fiserv Forum
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New York Knicks G Immanuel Quickley is garnering plenty of attention on the trade block, per Fred Katz of The Athletic.

Immanuel Quickley has developed into one of the Knicks’ finest talents

Following a breakout season in 2022-2023 that saw Quickley finish second in the NBA’s Sixth Man of The Year voting, Quickley has continued his superb play. This season, the 24-year-old is averaging 15.0 points per game, while being one of the Knicks’ most impactful players on both offense and defense.

Contract talks between Quickley and the Knicks stalled this past offseason

Quickley became eligible for a contract extension from the Knicks this past offseason. However, the two sides failed to reach an agreement, meaning that Quickley will become a restricted free agent following this season.

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Opposing teams gaining interest in New York’s sixth man

For now, opposing teams have begun to strike interest in the former Kentucky product, as his impact and versatility on both sides of the floor allow him to fit in many different lineups. Also, given the current contract situation with the Knicks, New York has little leverage in a potential trade scenario for one of its key components.

Early reports have suggested that two teams could become front runners for Quickley should he be traded: The San Antonio Spurs, and the Orlando Magic. Both teams could potentially have over $50 million to spend next summer, leaving both with plenty of room to snag Quickley on a lucrative contract. In addition, both teams have a clear need for the point guard position, and with Quickley seeking a starting opportunity, he becomes a good fit for either team.

With many rumors swirling the NBA landscape regarding the Knicks’ interest in trading for a “star,” if one were to become available this season, it is possible that New York’s sixth man could be a key piece in a notable trade. For now, Quickley remains a Knick, however, opposing teams will certainly continue to monitor the situation as the season progresses.