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The expected Knicks starting lineup would be a huge disappointment

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This summer, the New York Knicks failed to secure a deal for coveted star Donovan Mitchell. since he was eventually traded from the Utah Jazz to the Cleveland Cavaliers on September 1.

While there are many reasons why Leon Rose and company were unable to execute a trade for the Watch, perhaps the most notable of all was their unwillingness to include their soon-to-be second apprentice, Quentin Grimes, in an outgoing package.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, talks between Jazz and the Knicks eventually stalled because they didn’t want to include the 22-year-old guard in the equation, despite Danny Ainge’s interest. Here’s what Wojnarowski said about the situation on a September 1 episode“The Woj Pod.”

“Utah wanted RJ Barrett, Quentin Grimes and three first-round picks from New York. That would have been two unprotected and maybe one protected – up to a top-five protected pick,” Wojnarowski said.

“But the Knicks didn’t want to put Grimes in a deal. They were ready to take on Immanuel Quickley, and with Immanuel Quickley, Utah’s question was three unprotected picks. They valued Grimes more than Quickley, and essentially New York said, “We do Quickley and RJ, but we want two unprotected picks and a protected third — we want essentially what you want for Grimes, we want Quickley in that deal.” include. ‘ And that was the end.”

With this information, fans and media pundits alike interpreted the specific situation as the Knicks making a point of maintaining their 2021 first-round pick rather than earning the perennial All-Star in Mitchell.

Although there is a plethora of differing opinions on this front office philosophy, with the consensus being that New York should have gone all-in for the 26-year-old, some have explained it because of the way things are handling the ball The club must now sign Grimes as a founding player in exchange for a place in the rotation to justify their actions.

However, just because such a move would likely make sense doesn’t mean this rotation change will become a reality.

In fact, some outlets are already predicting that Grimes won’t even crack the top six in Tom Thibodeau’s rotation for 2022-23.

On Sept. 22, Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz published an article predicting each team’s starting lineup for the upcoming season, and when it comes to the Knicks, he believes their top five will look something like this:

Although Swartz stated in his article that New York should seriously consider putting Grimes or even Quickley on the starting lineup, he ultimately predicts that Fournier will get the nod, which he thinks could prove disastrous for the team.

“When Brunson is playing near All-Star level and Randle looks like his 2019-20 version, there’s real bite in this lineup. If Randle plays like he did last season and Fournier stays in the starting XI, those Knicks will miss the playoffs again.”

During his rookie season, Grimes showed the potential to be a reliable two-way player, averaging solid averages of 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals and just under a block per 100 Possessions at 40.4% shots from the ground and 38.1% shots from deep.

The combo guard also managed to see six starts in 2021-22, where he had 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals on 45.8% shots from the floor and 43.8% shots scored from the deep.

Despite Bleacher Report’s prediction, SNY’s Ian Begley believes Quentin Grimes could beat Evan Fournier for a spot on the starting lineup for this season, stating that such a move has already been discussed within the organization.

“One scenario that was being discussed internally at the time was to start Quentin Grimes as shooting guard and get Fournier off the bench,” Begley said.

Fournier is entering his second season with the New York Knicks and managed to set a franchise record last year in three-point range, despite noting his overall lackluster performance and overwhelming plus-minus box rating of -0, 7 (last tenth worst place in the team) considering the season), this factor alone should not be enough for him to save his position in the starting XI.

“One scenario that was being discussed internally at the time was to start Quentin Grimes as shooting guard and get Fournier off the bench,” Begley said.

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