Yesterday, rumors surfaced about a possible trade between the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings. The proposed deal would be a swap between Enes Kanter and Zach Randolph, who has an expiring contract. This all sounds good in the moment, but is it really the best deal for the Knicks?
Doing this deal straight up isn’t the best scenario for New York. If the Knicks want to make the most out of this deal they would need to get a draft pick in return as well. Or, they could include Tim Hardaway Jr./Courtney Lee in the deal, shredding their contracts in the trade.
If Not Kanter, Then Who?
What the Knicks really should be trying to do in trade situations is to get the most bang for their buck. They should be looking to ship a player who’s value continues to rise.
Emmanuel Mudiay is the player that the Knicks should be trying to trade instead of Kanter. Kanter’s stock has diminished, slightly, with his benching by coach Fizdale. Despite his consequence, Kanter continues to be a double-double machine. Some team will come for Kanter, but as Mduiay’s value continues to increase, the Knicks need to strike while the iron is hot.
Mudiay has shown that he has improved his play under the Fizdale. He’s gained confidence and has shown that through his play. The Knicks’ once cautious point guard will be looking for cash in a deal after this season. For how good he has been playing, it is unsure whether the Knicks will sign him back. Therefore, if the front office believes that Mudiay is not in the future plans, the Knicks need to get something in return for Mudiay.