Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Proposed 5-team mega trade would win Knicks Donovan Mitchell & Rising Guard

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The New York Knicks have made some good moves this offseason, to the point where the addition of Donovan Mitchell would just be icing on the cake.

Of course, many fans would love to see that cherry added, especially if it means they can stick with RJ Barrett. As it turns out, a massive five-team trade proposal presented by Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey would do just that.

In this deal, the Knicks would give up Evan Fournier, Quentin Grimes, Cam Reddish and several draft picks, but they could land a true star in Donovan Mitchell. Plus, they could snag upcoming Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas.

All in all, it’s not a bad deal for the Knicks, but it might be worth knowing how the rest of the teams fare on all of this.

While the Knicks are getting better in Bailey’s proposed deal, the same can be said for the Lakers and Suns.

The Lakers would see Kyrie Irving in purple and gold while also being reunited with LeBron James. The Suns would land Kevin Durant and that would make them a championship contender for the foreseeable future.

The whole offer looks like this:

The Nets are emerging from it all with a completely rebuilt roster, with their two stars traded in in exchange for a plethora of draft picks and young players.

For the Knicks, Thomas’s landing would be huge as it would give the team behind Brunson a strong backup with high points and high ceilings. Giving up on Grimes, Reddish and Fournier would be a tough decision, but the Knicks look like they’re a little ahead here.

For starters, Bailey reminds us that this trade can only take place after August 30th as Beverley has already traded once. So it’s still a while before a trade of this magnitude can happen, unless the point guard is simply not included.

It would also require multiple teams to sign a deal and that’s not always a guarantee. For example, Russell Westbrook was difficult to move, and jazz hiring him for even one season would likely mean they would need several other sweeteners. This deal would do that to all first-round picks, but even that might not be enough for them.

From a fan’s perspective, it would be exciting to see a deal like this because it would result in a major power shift. The Knicks would probably become a surefire playoff team overnight, the Lakers would be good again, and the Suns would get even better.

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