One player the Knicks should refuse to trade this off-season

May 19, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Miles McBride (2) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9) during the fourth quarter of game seven of the second round of the 2024 NBA playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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There are a lot of bad and inefficient moves the New York Knicks could make this off-season, but President Leon Rose has been intelligent with his decisions and risk-averse in many ways. Some have floated the idea of trading for a player like Lauri Markkanen or exploring the Phoenix Suns to dismantle their core three.

The Value of Knicks’ Guard Miles McBride

However, the Knicks would have to give up a lot of capital to get it done, and one of the players they should refuse to trade this off-season is young guard Miles McBride. McBride took significant steps in the right direction on both sides of the ball after signing an extremely favorable three-year deal last off-season. McBride will only earn $4.7 million for the 2024–25 season, and his pay will only get cheaper until his final campaign, 2026–27.

May 14, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Miles McBride (2) reacts after a basket during the first half during game five of the second round for the 2024 NBA playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
May 14, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Miles McBride (2) reacts after a basket during the first half during game five of the second round for the 2024 NBA playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Good teams have a few cheap players who produce at a high level, and McBride is only getting better. This past season, the 23-year-old Ohio native averaged 8.3 points and 1.7 assists, shooting .452 from the field and .410 from three-point range. McBride improved his deep-range shooting astronomically, and he made a significant impact during the playoffs when the Knicks needed him to step up.

Over 13 playoff games, McBride averaged 11 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and shot .435 from the field and .368 from downtown. Considering he only started two games and averaged 26.7 minutes, McBride’s impact was significant, and his defensive value showed up time and time again.

Unless the Knicks are staring at a deal that they simply can’t refuse, and McBride has to be a part of it, his name should be off the board for the most part. If he continues developing and taking steps in the right direction, he may be one of the most valuable players on the roster, given his price tag.

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