Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau shoots down idea of trading for star before March 25 deadline

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Jan 13, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts as he coaches against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks simply aren’t good enough to challenge some of the better teams in the NBA like the Milwaukee Bucks. Falling 134-101 on Thursday evening,

The Knick started off the second half of the season in disappointing fashion, and despite All-Star Julius Randle stating that it was just an off night and simply an anomaly, this has happened to the Knicks a few times. Their inability to stick with above-average teams has become apparent, and making a living off beating sub .500 squads doesn’t necessarily scream playoff contention.

The idea of trading for a superstar is becoming more attractive, but the rumors have died down as of late, with Victor Oladipo being the latest connected to New York. However, Oladipo has dealt with serious injury issues and has only played 16 games this season. If New York is going to trade for a star player, it needs to be someone committed to the team and with a good health history.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau was asked about the potential for a trade, and he was very dismissive of the idea.

“That’s a Leon (Rose) question,” Thibodeau said when asked about trading for a star player. “Look, I have a strong bias toward good players. I know they’re looking at all the possibilities. If something makes sense for us, we’ll do it. If not, I love the team that we have. I love the guys that we have on the team. We’ll just keep working with what we have and Leon and Wes (Knicks senior executive William Wesley), they’re combing the league. (GM) Scott Perry, that’s their job.”

What assets do the Knicks have?

If the Knicks do want to execute a deal, they have five first-round picks over the next three years and a ton of second-round picks. They also have a few youth pieces to utilize, including Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, and a few veterans to consider.

A few smaller options they could target include JJ Redick, a premier three-point shooter who can help in specific ways, and guard Lonzo Ball was also been floated in recent days.
Personally, I think the Knicks are rolling with their current team and eyeing the 2022 off-season as an opportunity to sign a star player. With all of their draft capital, I believe they prefer to utilize it appropriately instead of trading it away. The Knicks aren’t a championship-contending team right now, but retaining all of their capital and signing a player in free agency might be the most efficient move.