Could the Knicks make a Splash at the Deadline?
It’s no secret the Knicks want to be a young team, which is the vision of Scott Perry and Steve Mills. They were able to get Doug McDermott and Enes Kanter from Oklahoma City in the off-season. They’ll have a few different options with the deadline approaching, which will continue their youth movement.
According to Adrain Wojnarowski, both the Lakers and Jordan Clarkson want to move on from one another. The Lakers are looking to shed his contract for the potential of making their own splash during the upcoming off-season. Clarkson will be owed $26 million beyond this season.
Jordan Clarkson has had his minutes diminished this season, only playing 22.9 minutes per game, which is a career low for him. He’s an offensive minded point guard but really lacks on the defensive end of the court. The Knicks need a guard that can penetrate and score, which Clarkson brings to the table.
It feels like every year the Magic go out and get talent but continue to fail to win consistently. Don’t get me wrong Frank Vogel is a heck of a coach and did great things in Indiana. The talent he has on his team doesn’t fit his style of coaching.
Evan Fournier will be on a lot of team’s radar approaching the trade deadline. Fournier is a well-rounded scorer and one of the better offensive wings in the league. He’s an efficient three-point scorer, and the Knicks struggle shooting from around the arc. The one problem with trading for Fournier, he’s owed $68 million through 2020-21 season. Offensively, he’d be a great fit in this Jeff Hornacek offense.
Now I’m a little surprised by this but Ian Begley of ESPN New York, has reported that Stanley Johnson is available for the right price. Johnson was selected 8th overall in 2015. Every time a team makes a young player with a huge upside available, you have to make a call. He hasn’t developed into a great shooter yet, but he’s still only 21 years old.
There are other names out there like Larry Nance Jr and Julius Randle but only time will tell what the Knicks will do.