The New York Knicks simply arenâ€™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 doesnâ€™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.
â€œThatâ€™s aÂ Leon (Rose) question,â€ Thibodeau said when asked about trading for a star player. â€œLook, I have a strong bias toward good players. I know theyâ€™re looking at all the possibilities. If something makes sense for us, weâ€™ll do it. If not, I love the team that we have. I love the guys that we have on the team. Weâ€™ll just keep working with what we have and Leon and Wes (Knicks senior executive William Wesley), theyâ€™re combing the league. (GM)Â Scott Perry, thatâ€™s their job.â€
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.