Thursday, January 19, 2023

Knicks star named as necessary help for title contender

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While they may not have a true superstar in their midst, the New York Knicks are fielding several extremely formidable talents who are seen by many as individuals who could help other clubs address some of their on-court struggles.

Perhaps the most talked-about team lately that could be haunting one of Tom Thibodeau’s players this season is the Dallas Mavericks who, despite just coming off a conference final in 2021-22, are fielding one of the brightest Stars of the game in Luka Doncic find themselves on a plateau after 46 games played and again need some fine tuning.

When discussing the concept of “what kind of help” Dallas could use a broadcast of NBA Countdown on January 18thESPN analyst Jalen Rose adamantly stated that their own 2022 free agency graduate and current Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson is someone they could benefit from having him in their ranks.

“Are you ready for the elephant in the room? Jalen Brunson… he was right there on their team. You should have done everything to keep her. I mean, come on… They had him on their team and now he’s going to New York, cementing their position and maybe becoming an all-star. All the guys you’re going to talk about now don’t play the way he plays. And by the way, did you see how he ended up in the playoffs against the Suns last year? He balled last year. So I like to revisit what Denver did to build[Nikola Jokic]and the Mavs have time to do that but man they had that guy in their locker room and they let him get away,” said Rose.

Brunson, a second-round pick by the Dallas Mavericks in 2018, saw himself getting better with each season during his four-year tenure with the team, delivering a stellar performance during his final run in 2021-22. Game averages of 16.3 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.9 rebounds on 50.2% shots from the ground and 37.3% shots from deep while mostly serving as the team’s two starting guards.

Under the bright lights of the NBA postseason, the New Jersey native managed to reach even greater heights and finally launched himself into the conversation of being perhaps the most desirable free agent guard when he posted a sensational 21.6 point averages. 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three hard-fought rounds of action.

That level of play saw him secure a lucrative four-year, $104 million deal with the Knicks last summer, which has seen him appear on the cusp of his first All-Star nod after 43 games with the franchise when, at 22, 6 points, 6.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and one steal per game, all career highs across the board.

Ironically, the kind of production Jalen Brunson is churning out during his first season in New York is exactly what Jalen Rose thinks the Mavericks are currently missing.

While the ship has undoubtedly sailed to the Mavericks to bring Jalen Brunson back, that doesn’t mean they can’t still come to an agreement with the Knicks to sign one of their other non-essential players.

A Jan. 18 report by NBA insider Marc Stein revealed Dallas is one of several other teams that have expressed interest in trading for New York fourth-year forward Cam Reddish, and according to the report are Leon Rose and the companies are mutually interested in making a deal work.

“However, sources say the Knicks are keen on Dallas sending Thibodeau sweetheart Reggie Bullock to New York in a Reddish deal that is also highly valued by the Mavericks,” Stein wrote.

Along with Reddish, the staff at Fastbreak at Dallas Basketball from FanNation appear to think the Mavericks may also want to inquire about the Knicks’ veteran point guard Derrick Rose, who, despite being an outsider in the nine-man rotation Teams looking inside is still considered a solid contributor, averaging 14.9 points, 4.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds and just under a steal per game at 47.2% shots from the ground and 35.7% shots since 2019 can show from the depths.

Jalen Brunson isn’t the only hot commodity to be found in the New York Knicks backcourt, as Marc Stein recently reported that several organizations have expressed interest in a deal for third-year point guard Immanuel Quickley.

“The Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley has attracted significant outside interest, league sources say, but the strong signals coming from Gotham suggest New York is increasingly reluctant to part ways with him,” Stein wrote.

Although reports from earlier in the season suggested the Knicks might be ready to sack Quickley, his recent game has seemingly put an end to that chatter, as noted by SNY’s Ian Begley a Jan. 13 episode of The Putback that he has heard that “Teams who have been in contact with the Knicks have felt that they are not trying to gauge a market on Immanuel Quickley.”

In his third year, the guard has been a key contributor to New York’s rotation since early December, averaging impressive 15.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game on 44.3% shots from the field during that span has achieved .

In his third year, the guard has been a key contributor to New York’s rotation since early December, averaging impressive 15.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game on 44.3% shots from the field during that span has achieved .

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