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Exec proposes wild trade that would send the angry superstar to the Knicks

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The New York Knicks may have been on the hunt for Donovan Mitchell this summer. when the Guard was sold to the Cavaliers on September 1stbut that doesn’t mean a blockbuster deal for the franchise can’t still be on the horizon.

Ever since The Jazz shipped their All-Star to Cleveland, fans and media pundits alike have been working tirelessly to figure out what the next step for Leon Rose and company might be.

For some, the ideal pivot point for the Knicks would be to now target a deal for Oklahoma City guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Others have said the front office should now look to offload the four-year, $117 million remaining on Julius Randle’s contract.

However, an anonymous Eastern Conference general manager told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney that a new route for the Knicks could be a trade with their interdistrict rivals in the Brooklyn Nets for disgruntled superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, and even concocted a package , which they think might get the job done.

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The anonymous exec believes such a deal could very well be one of, if not the best deal the networks could get in trying to buy their polarizing star.

In all likelihood, when the Brooklyn Nets put their point guard on the trade block, there won’t be too many lines at the door inquiring about his services, as Irving has gained a reputation for having an organizational headache due to his off-the- floor problems.

Despite being a seven-time All-Star, a three-time All-NBA selection and an NBA champion, the 30-year-old will almost certainly not have Sean Marks’ monster hauls as his wild card should his shopped attitude make it hard to predict , what his wishes will be when his current contract expires next summer.

With his feared spontaneity, the anonymous Eastern Conference executive director told Heavy.com that the Knicks could realistically be the team that could offer the best package for Irving’s services.

“The Knicks have a chance to re-sign him – that’s one of the big fears when dealing with Irving that he won’t stay after the season, he’s on loan,” the manager told Deveney.

“But if you send Evan Fournier and Derrick Rose out and a pick, the Nets would have to take that into account. It’s not much, but unless they’re sure Irving’s coming back, they might not do much better.”

As the executive said, the fear for any team hiring Kyrie Irving should be that his unpredictable attitude could mean he decides to abandon ship at short notice, which could make it harder for the Knicks to commit to offloading a draft pick and a hugely influential asset in Derrick Rose in exchange for a mere ‘loan player’.

But even with that, the front office could perhaps justify such a move from a financial standpoint, since it would automatically settle $53.5 million in salary obligations from 2023 to 2025, which could be enough incentive to participate in such a hypothetical trade, even if Irving decides to seek a contract elsewhere during next summer’s free agency stint.

The general manager not only discussed trades the Knicks could potentially be involved in later, but also trade decisions made in the past, and most notably last season’s deal that brought Cam Reddish from Atlanta to New York.

Speaking to Sean Deveney, the executive didn’t mince words about the transaction as history now seems to be repeating itself when it comes to the youngster’s position as an outsider within an organization.

“They gave up a first-round pick to bring him to New York, so there’s no way they’re going to send him for less than a first-round pick,” the general manager said.

“And even if you like his potential, talk about a guy whose bad attitude caused him to be traded from one place (Atlanta) and now says he wants to be traded from the new place (New York). I don’t give up a first class for such an attitude. He played, huh, 15 minutes a game for the Knicks? And he wants a trade? Forget it.”

Since being traded to the Knicks on January 13 of last season, Reddish has played in just 15 games and averages 6.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game on 41.5% shots from the floor and 25, 8% shots from a distance.

The general manager not only discussed trades the Knicks could potentially be involved in later, but also trade decisions made in the past, and most notably last season’s deal that brought Cam Reddish from Atlanta to New York.

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