Austin Rivers knew his days with the New York Knicks were already numbered upon Derrick Rose’s arrival.
As expected, the Knicks traded Rivers to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-way deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, as first reported by ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Rivers first hinted about a trade for him last month he fell out of Tom Thibodeau’s rotation.
â€œThey had told me after the game [Feb. 7 versus the Heat] that they were bringing Derrick in,â€ Rivers said. â€œI had already kind of heard stuff even before the season started that he was going to be coming here. My whole thing is, control what I can control. When they had told me he was coming, I said â€˜OK,â€™ and obviously, thereâ€™s been stuff about me being moved to other places. With all this kind of up in the air right now, my thing is, as long as Iâ€™m a Knick, just to be professional. I donâ€™t know what can happen today or tomorrow or next week or the week after that. Every day that Iâ€™m here Iâ€™m always going to be all in.â€
The Knicks got Terrance Ferguson, a former Thunder first-round pick in 2017, in return. New York also sent Ignas Brazdeikis to Philadelphia and picked up Vincent Poirier and two future second-round picks.
Drummond to the Knicks?
Meanwhile, Kevin O’ Connor of The Ringer reported that the Knicks are a serious landing spot for Andre Drummond on Wednesday night. The Cleveland Cavaliers are still trying to find a trade for Drummond, a former two-time All-star and a four-time rebounding leader.
The Knicks only need $13.7 million in salary to trade for Drummond.
But a better scenario for the Knicks is if Drummond is bought out, they can lure him a multi-year deal which he will likely prefer than what contenders Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers can offer.
In this scenario, the Knicks can offer Drummond a pro-rated four-year, $64-million deal, according to The Athletic’s front office insider and former Memphis Grizzlies executive John Hollinger.
Drummond is a Mount Vernon native but considers Middletown, Connecticut, as his home, which is only a 15-minute drive from New Britain, Connecticut, where Tom Thibodeau hails.
Thibodeau coached Drummond in the 2014 FIBA World Cup as an assistant coach of the Team USA that won the gold.
Drummond also played for Thibodeau’s good friend, Jim Calhoun, in college. Thibodeau used to visit Calhoun’s practices in the Northeast. Drummond considers his UConn coach as one of his best friends.
The Knicks can also pivot to another asset accumulation move as a third team to use their $15 million cap space.
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