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Wild trade proposal sees Knicks shorn of conference competitor

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With training camps set to open on Sept. 30, the New York Knicks are looking for another path to take after failing to make long-awaited trade goal Donovan Mitchell this offseason.

While there’s no telling what the front offices are planning, many are naturally hoping that at some point in the near future New York will pull off a splashy transaction to better position itself for sustained success in the future.

Should that be a wish for the franchise, there are a plethora of possible trade options to consider this season, and Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey hatched a trade on September 19 that he believes the ball club is planning the Knicks might try to make him’ notice on October 19 in Memphis.

As previously mentioned, many are hoping the New York Knicks complete some sort of transaction that could help their team in the long run, and Bailey engineered a deal that he believes could do just that.

The hypothetical trade proposal is as follows:

New York Knicks receive:

Washington Wizards receive:

For Bailey, this type of transaction has the potential to be a hugely beneficial move for the Knicks, as Rose’s firing would then open up more opportunities and bigger roles within the rotation for some of the team’s younger talents.

“…this trade would simply deprive Thibodeau of the opportunity to play Rose over Immanuel Quickley,” Bailey wrote. “Barring a blockbuster deal, next season should be about fostering chemistry between Jalen Brunson and young cores like Toppin, Quickley, Grimes and RJ Barrett.”

He later went on to say that while Tom Thibodeau “could fall into the same trap” of overloading his veterans with taking on Will Barton, the veteran is getting in on the wing, which is a position New York is a little easier at though it’s about young people’s perspectives.

Well, while there is reasonable logic behind Bailey’s reasoning, should the Knicks part ways with Rose, they would lose far more than a roster filler.

The former league MVP, who was by far the second unit’s most reliable staffer on the floor, recorded impressive averages of 12.0 points per game, 4.0 before falling to the ground last December with an ankle injury that left him for the remainder of the 2021-22 season sustained assists and 3.0 rebounds on 44.5% shots from the ground and 40.2% shots from deep.

He even finished with a 2.3 box plus minus rating and a 2.3 offensive box plus minus rating, both of which tied for first place on the team at year-end.

Aside from his performance, Rose also has a huge impact on the performance of his teammates, especially power forward Julius Randle.

Last season, as both worked their way up, the big man produced like his 2021 All-Star self, averaging 20.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists on 36% shooting from distance.

However, without Rose on the ground, his effectiveness decreased significantly as he averaged 19.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game, on 39.9% shots from the field and 27.6% shots from the field Depth.

The guard’s influence on Randle’s productivity is a trend not just last season, but rather throughout their tenure together, as the 27-year-old averaged 23.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists at 39% Shots From Deep has featured in a total of 60 regular-season games alongside Rose.

Recently, an anonymous Eastern Conference general manager sat down with Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney and discussed alternative trading options the New York Knicks could pursue with Donovan Mitchell now in Cleveland.

Among the several ideas raised, the executive suggested that the Atlantic Division’s enemy and the franchise’s inter-county rival, the Brooklyn Nets, could be a logical trading partner to open negotiations with, particularly regarding star point guard Kyrie Irving.

“The Nets have spent so much time parting ways with the Knicks that one wonders if the two teams would be willing to make a big deal, but if the Nets feel like they’re going to lose Kyrie Irving, sending him to the Knicks makes sense,” the executive told Deveney.

“The Knicks would 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 a loanee.”

The general manager would go on to explain that although Irving could be a high-end talent at the association, New York’s off-the-floor issues linked to his expiring contract could potentially be able to Brooklyn’s best offer to buy their star, with Evan Fournier, Derrick Rose and a future election serving as the framework for a potential outbound deal.

However, without Rose on the ground, his effectiveness decreased significantly as he averaged 19.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game, on 39.9% shots from the field and 27.6% shots from the field Depth.

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