Reddish thinks he can be a star; Knox feels mixed emotions leaving Knicks

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The New York Knicks essentially kicked the can further down the road after swapping Cam Reddish for Kevin Knox and a future first-round pick (via Charlotte).

The Knicks front office did a solid job flipping Knox’s expiring salary for a potential All-Star with two years left in his rookie deal.

This early, the difference between the two young NBA talents is noticeable.

In his first media interview after the trade, Reddish was oozing with confidence that Knox lacked during his disappointing three-and-a-half seasons with the Knicks. Reddish was bold and declared he’s ready for the next step after a roller coaster two-and-a-half seasons with the Atlanta Hawks.

“I think I could be a star,” Reddish said after the Knicks beat his former team, 117-108, Saturday night in Atlanta. “I thought I could be a legit star. That’s what I’m working to be. So, it’s pretty simple.”

In Reddish’s view, the plan is pretty simple. But in reality, with the glut of wings in the Knicks roster, the path to realizing his goal is complex and a challenging one.

New York coach Tom Thibodeau was non-committal when pressed about Reddish’s role as the Knicks are on a roll. Winners of three straight and eight of their last 11 games, Thibodeau hinted that he’s not willing to rock the boat that kept them afloat. At 22-21, the Knicks moved to a tie for ninth in the Eastern Conference with the Washington Wizards.

Reddish is confident that he’s still on track to his goal, but he’s also aware of the situation in New York.

“I’m not expecting to come in and play 35, 40 minutes,” Reddish said. “I’m just gonna come in and work my tail off and then the rest takes care of itself.”

Reddish was held out in Saturday’s game due to a sprained ankle, but he said he’s feeling better now, hinting that he’s close to returning to action.

“I’m excited. I’m ready to get started,” said Reddish, who is getting reunited with his college teammate RJ Barrett.

The two spoke on the phone for five minutes after the trade was finalized. Reddish said it was more of catching up with each other and Barrett letting him know to come in ready and play hard — two of Thibodeau’s tenets.

Growing up in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Reddish said he went to a couple of Knicks games and have played against them. But Saturday night’s win against his former team was the first time he observed this new iteration of the Knicks team play from a different vantage point.

“I haven’t watched that much,” Reddish said. “I only got to watch one game. They play well together, which is what I love to do, play together, play like a team.”

On the other hand, Knox is looking forward to a fresh start though he didn’t get it right away. Knox was a healthy scratch Saturday night and watched his former teammates dismantle his new team while he watched on the bench as he did for the most part of his tenure in New York.

“It was mixed emotions at first,” Knox said in an interview with Bally Sports-Atlanta. “But I’m happy for a new start, a fresh opportunity. It’ll probably hit me next week but other than that, I’m just really happy to be here.”

After a promising rookie year, Knox fell off the rotation and never earned a meaningful role when the defensive-minded Thibodeau took over from David Fizdale. While Knox improved to become a three-point threat, he hasn’t put together his length and athleticism on the defensive end.

Knox is excited to spread his wings in an uptempo style that suits his offensive skill set in Atlanta. He said he spoke with Atlanta coach Nate McMillan and they wanted him to have a workout, practice, familiarize himself with what they do and go from there.

“The offense is great. They play at a fast pace and that’s kind of something that I’ve loved doing pretty much my whole life. And just really getting to play with a lot of talent on the team. So, I’m just really looking forward to getting pushed,” Knox said.

It helps that he’s familiar with the Hawks star point guard Trae Young. Knox said his family is close to Young’s family after playing against each other in the AAU circuits since freshman year. Whether that familiarity can translate on the court remains to be seen, especially after Hawks GM Travis Schlenk never mentioned Knox during a 20-minute presser while lengthily speaking about how they value the Charlotte pick they acquired from the Knicks and Reddish’s All-Star potential.

Knox is on a make-or-break contract year. If there’s anything positive about moving to Atlanta, maybe it’s because he’s closer now to Tampa Bay.

“Six hours from home. It’s not that bad. It’s way closer than New York,” Knox said. “That’s a great thing.”

While Reddish and Knox got closer to their homes, they were still far from their goals. But after their first media sessions after the swap, the main takeaway is that Reddish, while one season younger, is way ahead in their NBA journey.

The Knicks moved from the ‘just-happy-to-be-here’ Knox to ‘I-think-I-could-be-a-star’ Reddish.

Everyone, even Hawks fans, admit the Knicks got the better player. It’s up to them to polish Reddish.

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Knicks showcase Kevin Knox as trade interests pick up steam

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The writing is on the wall.

Kevin Knox’s failure to crack Tom Thibodeau’s regular rotation speaks volumes of his bleak future with the New York Knicks.

Following Knox’s best game of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Monday that the seldom-used Knicks forward is garnering interests from rival executives. Knox is eligible to become a restricted free agent in 2022.

“Sources said teams are inquiring about Knicks forward Kevin Knox, who has played in just seven games this season and has rival executives wondering the plan for the 22-year-old in New York,” Charania wrote.

Knox got his rare chance to play meaningful minutes on Sunday with RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin (health and safety protocols) and Alec Burks (personal reasons) skipping Sunday’s 112-97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The former lottery pick did his best to showcase his potential to future Knicks’ trade partners.

Knox knocked down five three-pointers on his way to 18 points in 29 minutes. He grabbed five rebounds and added one assist and a steal off the bench which drew praise from Thibodeau.

“[Kevin] comes in every day. He’s early. He’s part of the early group. A lot of those guys aren’t in the rotation but [their job] is to stay ready so, when you’re called upon that you can perform well. We know he’s got the skill level to shoot and it’s the other things that we need him to do are defense and rebounding also. But I was pleased with his readiness and his ability to shoot the ball,” Thibodeau said.

When the Knicks are at full strength, Knox’s only floor time is during garbage minutes. Sunday’s game was only Knox’s seventh game of the season. He has fallen off since showing promise in his rookie year. The 2018 9th overall pick averaged 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 75 games, including a career-high 57 starts, as a rookie.

The knock on Knox is his lack of motor and defensive skills.

In a one-on-one trade, it is unclear what the Knicks could get in return for Knox. During last season’s trade deadline, the Knicks swapped Dennis Smith, Jr., another former Knick who fell out of favor, for Derrick Rose. But currently, the Knicks rotation is complete. So there’s not a spot for a veteran player to come in unless they also unload a key rotation player.

A future pick is a more likely return for Knox to add to the Knicks’ draft capital for a potential deal for a star down the road.

Knox could also serve as a throw-in in a larger package deal before the trade deadline. The Knicks have been linked to Philadelphia’s disgruntled star Ben Simmons.

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Knicks’ Kevin Knox takes advantage of big pre-season opportunity in win

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The New York Knicks have to cut their roster from 20 to 15 players in the coming days as the regular season is set to commence on October 20 against the Boston Celtics.

With roster cuts coming up, one player who is on the bubble is Kevin Knox. Knox has seen his minutes deteriorate over the past three seasons in the NBA. After averaging 28.8 minutes during his rookie campaign back in 2018, Knox enjoyed just 11 minutes of action per contest last year, making 42 appearances. He contributed just 3.9 points and shot 39% from the field.

Unfortunately, Knox was unable to participate in Summer League ball due to COVID-19 restrictions, but he’s made his presence felt during preseason play thus far.

In the Knicks’ win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday evening, Knox posted 12 points, six rebounds, and shot 50% from the field. He also connected on four of six shots from three-point range, showcasing confidence and comfort from being on the arc.

“To see the first one go in was huge,’’ Knox said. “I always tell my teammates when I see the first one go in, I feel pretty good after that. I had really good looks. They got in the paint and found me.’’

Clearly, Knox was feeling good in this contest, as he showcase some of that potential he’s yet to tap into during his three-year NBA career. The 22-year-old forward needs to make an impact now, impressing head coach Tom Thibodeau before time runs out.

“Every minute matters,’’ Knox said. “That’s my mindset every game and make a statement. [Randle] was out so my minutes went up and Obi’s. When he comes back everything changes. So every minute I get I have to make the best of it.”

The Knicks have just one preseason game left against the Detroit Pistons on October 13, presenting Knox for the final opportunity to prove his worth. The likelihood is that he spends his final year on his rookie deal with the Knicks instead of being released, but his future with the team is very much in peril if he can’t take a dramatic step forward this season.

The hope is that the veteran presence on the roster will provide Kevin with mentors and leadership to help build his confidence this upcoming season. The roster is chock-full of talent, so even earning a spot on the bench is an accomplishment.

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Knicks beat Wizards with spellbinding ball movement and shooting wizardry

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The New York Knicks shot the lights out of Capital One Arena in a dazzling display of firepower to defeat the Washington Wizards, 117-99, Saturday night despite missing their All-Star Julius Randle.

The Knicks hit 24 of 52 three-pointers that would have broken their record 20 made three-pointers, which they did thrice (2011, 2013, and 2018), per Stat Muse. The 52 attempts also would have eclipsed their previous record of 51 attempts they recorded on January 29, 2017, against the Atlanta Hawks, according to Stat Muse.

Kevin Knox and Obi Toppin stepped up in the absence of Randle, who is expecting his second child. The backup power forwards dealt the Wizards the telling blows in each half.

Knox, who had fallen off Tom Thibodeau’s rotation, made the most out of the rare opportunity, scoring 12 points, all coming from beyond the arc and in the first half where the Knicks seized a 13-point lead. But the Wizards recovered from the early trouble and trimmed the Knicks’ lead, 59-55 at the half.

Toppin, who started in place of Randle, battled back from early foul woes and scoreless first half to lead the Knicks’ second-half breakaway. The 2020 eighth pick scored 11 points in the third quarter sparking an 18-2 run that broke the game wide open. His six-point cluster ended in a wide-open three-pointer at the 6:49 mark of the third quarter to put the Knicks in control from a tight 64-62 game.

“A lot of guys stepped in. I thought Obi played really well. I thought Kevin came in and gave us really good minutes,” Tom Thibodeau said. “So that was good to see. I like the depth of our team.”

The Knicks followed up their 26 assists in their preseason debut with 27 as their spellbinding ball movement, and shooting wizardry was too much for the Wizards.

Nine Knicks players hit at least two three-pointers each.

“It’s one of the things that we’ve worked hard at for the last two years and over the summer and also the guys that we’ve brought in,” Thibodeau said. “They’re very efficient at shooting them, so their shot profile is right and then making the right reads. That’s probably the most important thing. The ability to go off the dribble, attack the rim, and made the proper rim read, hit the open man. And when guys make the extra pass, we’re gonna have good rhythm threes.”

Evan Fournier and Kemba Walker added two three-pointers each. Rookie Quentin Grimes came in the final 1:46 and fired back-to-back three-pointers.

But on top of their much-improved offense, the Knicks’ defense hasn’t lost a step. They held the Wizards under the century mark and 38.2 percent shooting.

RJ Barrett led the Knicks in scoring with 18 points on 4-of-8 threes and four assists while shadowing Bradley Beal. The Wizards star scored 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting in 25 minutes. He was held to just three points in the third quarter and didn’t play the fourth quarter as the Knicks’ lead swelled to as big as 24.

Derrick Rose, who tweaked his ankle late in the game, was a perfect 3-for-3 from 3 and totaled 15 points and a game-high eight assists off the bench.

The pair of Taj Gibson and rookie Jericho Sims played solid in the middle for the second straight game, with Mitchell Robinson still recovering from a foot injury and Nerlens Noel nursing a sore right knee.

The 36-year old Gibson had eight points and six rebounds as the starter, while Sims pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds with seven points and three steals.

The Knicks will have a four-day rest before hosting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at the Garden.

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Knicks: Obi Toppin gets his chance in Julius Randle’s absence

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Obi Toppin will finally have his chance to show what he can do with an expanded role when the New York Knicks face the Washington Wizards Saturday night on the road.

Toppin is likely to start in place of All-Star Julius Randle, who skipped the trip to the nation’s capital due to personal reasons.

Randle also missed Friday’s practice. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau did not go into details but assured that “it’s for a good reason.” Randle’s wife, Kendra, is reportedly expecting to deliver their second child any time this weekend.

“We have good quality depth, and I want to get a look at some of these guys,” Thibodeau said.

He was referring to Toppin and Kevin Knox, who will split Randle’s minutes.

Toppin played with confidence and was fluid in the Knicks’ impressive 125-104 win against the Indiana Pacers in their preseason opener. He was one of the seven Knicks players who scored in double figures with 10 points and five boards.

Thibodeau was effusive in his praise of Toppin, who is getting more comfortable with his role.

“He’s gotten a lot better,” Thibodeau said. “He’s put a lot of extra time in. But I think more than anything, it’s probably the experience. I thought last year was difficult in some ways for him because of not really having the summer league, a fall, where you can grow into it. And he’s one of those guys that with repetition, he gets a lot more confident.”

Toppin was a late bloomer guy in high school before exploding in his last two years in college. After he looked lost early into his NBA rookie year, Toppin picked up steam in the second half of the season that crescendoed in the playoffs. He followed that up with a stellar Summer League stint.

“I think the game has slowed down a little bit,” Thibodeau said. “I like the way he played offensively. He wasn’t rushing at all and made good decisions. And he’s skilled.”

On the other hand, Knox is fighting to salvage his NBA career after falling off Thibodeau’s rotation last season. The 2018 lottery pick is on the last year of his rookie contract. Saturday’s game gives him a shot at impressing Thibodeau after missing the NBA Summer League due to COVID-19.

Knox scored four points on two aggressive drives after missing a three-pointer in their win over Indiana. He added two rebounds in four minutes of garbage time.

“[Thibodeau] really preaches if your shot’s not going in or having a bad shooting day, what else can you bring to the team?’’ Knox said after Sunday’s practice. “For myself, using my length, using my height and my body to really focus on rebounding and defending on the other end. I really feel I can guard 1-to-4. That’s what he really wants to see from me — locking in on that end.”

“He knows what I can do on the offensive end. He wants to see that defensive energy, the rebounding and really flying in transition and using my length all over the court.”

Meanwhile, Nerlens Noel is back in the lineup after resting against the Pacers. Thibodeau earlier said that a key rotation player would likely rest in each of their four preseason games. This Saturday is Randle’s turn.

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Can the Knicks afford to give Kevin Knox another opportunity? | Team must drop 5 from active roster

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The New York Knicks are flush with talent as they approach preseason and training camp gets underway. Adding Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, Quentin Grimes, and Miles McBride this off-season should contribute toward far more effective and productive play during the 2021-22 season.

However, there are not enough spots on the active roster once the regular season comes around to host a few fringe players. An NBA roster is limited to 15 players while carrying 20 during the off-season.

The current Knicks roster includes:

Dwayne Bacon

RJ Barrett

Alec Burks

Evan Fournier

Taj Gibson

Quentin Grimes

Kevin Knox

Miles McBride

Nerlens Noel

Immanuel Quickley

Julius Randle

Mitchell Robinson

Derrick Rose

Wayne Selden

Aamir Simms

Jericho Sims

Obi Toppin

Luca Vildoza

Kemba Walker

MJ Walker

With 20 players currently on the roster, the odd men out seem to be Bacon, Selden, Simms, Walker, and Sims. Most of these options will find their way to the G-League, but it presents Kevin Knox with another opportunity to stick around an NBA team for the time being.

Knox has had a lackluster start to his career at the top level, barely making an impact last season despite the team enjoying plenty of success.

Knox has continuously seen his minutes decreased since his rookie season when he averaged 28.8 per game. Last year, he finished with just 11 minutes per contest, making 42 appearances and averaging 3.9 points, 1.5 rebounds, shooting 39% from the field. Unfortunately, his career in New York is likely coming to an end after this season, as the Knicks will not have an extra roster spot for him to ride the bench. At this point, the only way he can get on the court is if his team is blowing out their opponents and they want to get him in during garbage time.

Knox is set to earn $5.8 million this season and will have a qualifying offer next year at $7.9 million. It is highly unlikely the Knicks exercise that option, electing to move on from him if they cannot find a trade partner.

Ideally, the team will find a club interested in his services, but given his lack of development and offenseive deficiencies, his value doesn’t represent much.

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Should the Knicks be looking to deal Kevin Knox before start of 2021-22 season?

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The story of Kevin Knox continues as the New York Knicks try to find a sufficient way to utilize his talent. Knox, who is disappointed since being drafted ninth overall in 2018, could be a trade candidate, and some believe he’s better off taking his talents elsewhere in return for draft capital.

Knox, who is only 22-years-old, has averaged just 8.5 points on 36.9% shooting during his career. His low rebound totals at 3.2 and 70% free-throw success rate only pile on to a career littered with deficiencies and slow development.

This upcoming season, Knox will be in the final year of his rookie contract before the team has to make a decision on his qualifying offer. The front office could present him with a $7.9 million qualifying offer for the 2022-23 season, but they would be incredibly silly to do so. In fact, he’s preparing to earn $5.8 million this upcoming year, which far overvalues his production.

Knox has continuously seen his production dwindle ever since being drafted. Last year, he averaged just 11 minutes per game, making 42 appearances. During Knox’s limited time on the floor, he posted 3.9 points, 1.5 rebounds, and shot 39% from the field. Despite having deficiencies in multiple positions, the Knicks simply didn’t value his efforts enough to get him involved as a reserve.

After drafting Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride, it is extremely likely that Knox ends up either being traded or left off the active team. Now, it is fair to offer him one compliment, and that is in regard to his work ethic and energy on the bench. Knox was expected to appear during Summer League games but unfortunately was forced to miss the session due to COVID-19 protocols.

The addition of Evan Fournier and the retention of Alec Burks make Knox’s value close to zero. It will be extremely hard for him to crack the roster, let alone earn a spot on the bench this upcoming year. There is still hope he can blossom into a solid role player in the future, but another team will have to give him an opportunity as his opportunities in New York are quickly winding to an end.

I fully expect the front office to gauge trade options for him before the regular season commences, but it is entirely possible he rides the rest of his rookie contract out with the Knicks, which would be a waste of salary space.

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Kevin Knox returns to NBA Summer League to lead Knicks

In 2018, NBA Summer League stud Kevin Knox was heralded as a future NBA star.

Three years later, Knox will return to Las Vegas not as a star but as a broken player.

Ian Begley of SNY reported that Knox asked the New York Knicks to include him on their Summer League roster.

He wants to play and repair his shattered confidence after bottoming out last season.

Knox will be the longest-tenured player in the Knicks’ Summer League roster and will be playing for the third time in the last four years. There was no NBA Summer League last year due to the pandemic.

In the 2019-20 Summer League, Knox averaged 16.8 points per game after making it to the All-NBA Summer League First Team in 2018, where he posted eye-popping numbers: 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists over four games.

Joining Knox in the squad are incoming sophomores Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin, who jumped ahead of him in the rotation last season. Rookies Luca Vildoza, Quentin Grimes, Miles McBride, pick-and-stash Rokas Jokubaitis, and Jericho Sims will also make their Knicks debut.

The 20-year old Jokubaitis agreed to play for the Knicks this summer, but he’s expected to return to Europe to play for Barcelona next year.

Meanwhile, Vildoza’s arrival in Las Vegas is contingent on Argentina’s quarterfinal game against Australia Tuesday in the Tokyo Olympics.

If Argentina wins, Vildoza will have to stay in Tokyo until the medal round on Saturday. If they flame out, Vidoza will fly out Wednesday to rejoin the Knicks.

The NBA Summer League opens on Sunday with the Knicks scheduled to play the Toronto Raptors.

Rounding up the roster are NBA free agents trying out for Training Camp spots: Justin Patton, Reid Travis, Wayne Selden, Quinton Rose, MJ Walker, Tyler Hall, and Aamir Sims.

Here’s the Knicks’ NBA Summer League broadcast schedule (all in Eastern Time):

Aug. 8 vs. Raptors 4:30 pm ESPN2

Aug. 11 vs. Lakers 10 pm ESPN2

Aug. 13 vs. Pistons 8 pm NBA TV

Aug. 14 vs. Cavs 8 pm NBA TV

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Knicks News, 7/16: Kevin Knox’s future is clear-cut, avoid Dennis Schroder

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The New York Knicks likely have a shortlist of point guards they will target this off-season, especially with the market flush with talent. Until players like Chris Paul decide on their player options and alternative clubs present big offer sheets to restricted free agents, we won’t know entirely where the Knicks stand in their pursuit of a point guard, but there are a few options that should be left off the list.

This week, a connection between New York and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder was presented, but it seems as if the Knicks have their name involved with every available PG on the market. Creating a sense of urgency and confusion, this will hopefully provide them with leverage during negotiations.

Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report stated that the Knicks could be interested in Schroder, but what a mistake that would be:

“League sources expect Chicago and New York to emerge as Schroder suitors, and both could be conducted via sign-and-trade—although Knicks certainly have the cap space to sign him outright. New York will likely have north of $50 million to spend this summer.”

Schroder is seeking a massive deal worth $20+ million per season, and while he is an adequate point guard, statistics do not justify his demands. Schroder is about to turn 28 years old, averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, and shot 43.7% from the field last year, detailing a player that’s commanding far more than his worth. Having been with three teams over the past four seasons, Dennis has proved to be a consistent player via health, but his production has leveled off, and his potential might’ve hit its max.

If the Knicks are looking to overpay for a player that won’t blow them away and really elevate the team, Dennis is their guy, but there are so many other options that could present more value at a lower price point. Even trading for Collin Sexton might be a more efficient move, given his scoring production and $6.3 million salary hit for next season.

The Knicks are going to have to utilize Kevin Knox and his value this off-season:

Every year that Knox spends sitting on the bench is another year the Knicks missed out on trading him away. His minutes per game has quickly fallen to a minimum since his inception into the NBA three years ago. He averaged just 3.9 points over 11 minutes last season, and if New York is still unwilling to part ways with Knox, they are simply hurting themselves. He has one year remaining on his deal at $5.8 million before his qualifying offer kicks in, which will be avoided like the plague.

In fact, most teams may not even see him worthy of earning $5.8 million, to begin with, so it will be tough to package him in a deal and expect value in return. However, at 21 years old, there is still potential to unearth, and another team might see a strategy to unlocking it. One way or another, we will see how good President Leon Rose is with his negotiating skills.

Report: Collin Sexton will cost Knicks Obi Toppin, Kevin Knox and 2021 1st rd pick

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Another offseason day, another point guard has been linked to the New York Knicks.

According to The Athletic report on Tuesday, the Knicks have emerged as the most aggressive trade suitor for Cleveland Cavaliers scoring guard Collin Sexton.

SB Nation’s Fear of the Sword Editor Evan Dammarell poured more fuel to the fire when he floated that a package of Obi Toppin, Kevin Knox, and one of the Knicks’ 2021 first rounders appears to be an option.

If the reports are true, Brock Aller’s imprint should be all over it.

After all, Aller, the Knicks VP for Basketball and Strategic Planning, started his career in Cleveland. He served as Dan Gilbert’s personal assistant before transitioning to a front office role, where he raised his profile as one of the finest capologists around the league.

Aller was part of the Cavaliers’ front office that drafted Sexton in 2018 using the eighth pick, the key piece in the Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics.

On top of landing Sexton, the Knicks would also open up an additional $4.6 million in cap space.

Sexton has blossomed into one of the better scoring guards in the league, increasing his scoring, assists, and efficiency throughout his first three years with the Cavaliers. But there was a red flag raised by another The Athletic report on May that painted him a “ball hog.”

“Various Cavs players still grow frustrated by the way Sexton dominates the ball, and opponents taunt them by saying during games, ‘You know he’s not going to pass you the ball,” Cavaliers’ insider Joe Vardon wrote.

It may also be one of the reasons why the Cavaliers are reluctant to keep him with his rookie extension on the horizon. But Aller’s valuable direct intel on Sexton could be the key in the Knicks pushing for a deal.

But to Collins’ defense, he played with a bad Cavaliers’ roster devoid of an elite offensive threat.

If the reported package is true, it’s going to be a low-risk, high-reward move for the Knicks akin to the Derrick Rose mid-season trade.

The bet is for Sexton’s ball-dominant style of play to impact winning and create space for Julius Randle. Sexton’s 28.6 usage rate this season ranked 17th among guards in the league, per NBA.com. Meanwhile, Randle’s 28.5 usage rate this season ranked 15th among forwards, per NBA.com.

There’s no question Sexton’s shotmaking and toughness, despite being undersized, will be a huge upgrade over Elfrid Payton. But the question is can he thrive more as a facilitator next to Randle?

Sexton will be aiming to raise his stock to get the rookie max extension he wants, which is roughly $168 million over five years.

At the very least, he can shot up his value next season while running the Knicks offense, hopefully back to the playoffs. Sexton’s value would still be relatively higher than Knox, Toppin, and the 19th or 21st pick combined. Then the Knicks will have to decide whether to keep him long-term or flip him in a sign-and-trade deal. Sexton’s value would still be relatively higher than Knox, Toppin, and the 19th or 21st pick combined in any deal next summer. At best, he becomes the Knicks’ best point guard in a long while.

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