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Knicks NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Trade Options for the New York Knicks in 2022

It's clear the New York Knicks are trying to clear up cap space to have a successful free agency, which means they might reach a tad bit on their trades. Kade Kimble analyzes some potential trades to benefit both teams in a trade.
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Knicks NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Trade Options for the New York Knicks in 2022

The Knicks are being dealt with uncertainty as their rebuild has gone in an unconventional way. Two seasons ago, they arguably over-succeeded and made the playoffs in the middle of the playoff standings, then missed them this season. They’ve got decisions to make with their roster. 

That being said, let’s look at who the Knicks might be able to trade for this offseason.

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5. Donovan Mitchell comes home

It seems as if there will be big changes happening in Salt Lake City this offseason, as it appears the core of their roster won’t be able to get over the hump together. It’s unlikely Mitchell is traded, especially to the Knicks, but if they do, they could receive Julius Randle or other young guys to kick off a potential rebuild. If the Jazz do resort to blowing up their roster, the Knicks would then be a near-lock for the playoffs, even if it is as a lower seed in the playoffs. 

4. Julius Randle goes home.

This is a much more realistic deal than the first one, as the Knicks and Mavericks seem like a solid match as trade partners. The Mavs are building around a top-5 player in Luka Doncic, which would seamlessly ease the job of Randle in a new role. The Mavs will likely be losing Jalen Brunson, which will allow the Mavs to be able to maintain talent around Doncic, and cap space would be filled back up. A new location might be what Randle needs to return to his 2020-21 level for next season.

3. Malcolm Brogdon is a backup plan

It’s clear the Knicks are willing to spend to get Brunson to be a Knick in the next week, but if that doesn’t happen, Brogdon is a great backup plan for the Knicks to run the starting point guard role. Brogdon would be a great fit to complement Julius Randle and RJ Barrett. With a new lead ball-handler, which would be an upgrade from last season, and a floor spacer, the Knicks could find more of a blend on the court. Their roster situation is slightly clunky at the moment, and we don’t know who all will make the final roster come team camp before next season starts.

2. Cam Reddish helps Knicks unload cap space

The Knicks don’t have the best track record in making great trades, but they’re willing spenders in a huge market, so they get stuck in interesting positions when it comes to having cap space. They’ve got money tied into Derrick Rose that they won’t need if they sign Brunson, for which they now have the cap space to offer a near-max contract. To intrigue a team to take on cap space for a team, it usually costs draft capital and/or a young player with solid potential. In this case, that player is Cam Reddish. The Knicks could move him and cap to a team like the Jazz, who may potentially begin a rebuild in the next season or so. If they truly wanted more cap space to continue building a playoff team, they could do it.

1. Gordon Hayward

This trade gets a little complicated, as the Hornets are trying to clear cap space to sign Miles Bridges long-term. It would likely need to be a three-team trade, which isn’t impossible, and as long as the third team is a team willing to take on cap and draft capital, it should work out for all three teams. Hayward to the Knicks is a solid fit because Hayward is one of the best players to have to be a secondary ball-handler – primary ball-handler when playing with the second team – and an extra shot creator, while also spacing the floor. The Hornets are already shopping Hayward, so it’s not an unrealistic idea.

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Kade has spent his last 3 years writing about the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has also been following the NBA for the past 11 years. Just recently, Kade began co-hosting the Boomtown Hoops Podcast.

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