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Knicks could swap for veteran Big Man & Pick: Insider

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With just under a month to go until the NBA closes on February 10, the New York Knicks still have a lot to do. Over the past 22 months, Leon Rose has built what can only be described as a win-now squad, with Julius Randle and RJ Barrett spearheading a number of battle-hardened vets.

The problem: New York is not wins now, at least not at the rate many expected after the club finished with a top 4 playoff last season.

Reports that the Knicks are considering both big and small moves definitely sound true.

ESPN’s front office insider and capologist Bobby Marks has just suggested a move by Knicks that would fall into the latter category; a netting a potentially useful backup great. However, it would also bring in yet another draft asset that Rose has amassed despite his other win-now moves.

Marks served the following trade in the Oklahoma City Thunder as one he’d love to see the team:

Moving Knox probably wouldn’t scare Knicks Brass much at this point. Despite being selected in the lottery – and having had a promising rookie campaign – the 22-year-old cut his minutes down in the following seasons. And he really wasn’t part of Tom Thibodeau’s rotation in 2021-22.

However, Robinson started 28 games in the year and is a physical specimen that impressed with its shot blocking, rebound and rim running capabilities. Even so, he will be an unreserved free agent this summer, and will own much more than the $ 1.8 million he’s made this season.

The big win for the Knicks would be the choice, although it is likely to fall by the end of the first round. When Rose Mitchell doesn’t want to pay, Favors is also a player who can play pick-and-roll, occasionally hitting a middle-distance jumper, and trying hard both on the boards and defensively.

As for OKC, Knox and Robinson could be seen as players to evolve and potential long-term pieces.

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While Favors has been a solid professional and a low-maintenance guy in the locker room over his 12-year career, he has clearly lost several steps with age and injuries. He used to be one of the better defensive players in the league; Now his lateral movements and his ability to block gunshots are a shell of what they once were.

There is also a price associated with purchasing it. The Utah Jazz were overly generous with the deal they gave him to return to the team in 2020. As such, Favors is making nearly $ 10 million this season and he has one player option – which he will inevitably take – worth more than $ 10 million. next season.

Mediocre choices may not be enough to make up for this either.

It’ll have some value as an expiring contract starting this summer, but that’s still a lot of scratches to pay for a big backup, and there’s no guarantee the Knicks can postpone it for anything substantial.

Additionally, it’s hard to tell if the Thunders are actually interested in putting Robinson on a long-term deal or working to get something out of Knox. As always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Additionally, it’s hard to tell if the Thunders are actually interested in putting Robinson on a long-term deal or working to get something out of Knox. As always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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