In the latest rumors from Knicks Twitter, the Knicks are still actively shopping for a veteran point guard.
Earlier this offseason, the rumor mill had Madison Square Garden as a potential landing spot for point guard Chris Paul. The Wake Forest legend has a $41M cap hit for the 2020-21 season and a player option with a $44M cap hit the following year. Paul turns 36 in May.
Now, eyes turn to Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook, who has emerged as a target for the Knicks, according to SNY’s Ian Begley. Westbrook also has a $41M cap hit for the 2020-21 season and a $44M cap hit for 2021-22, but Westbrook’s current contract has a player option for 2022-23 with a $47M cap hit. Westbrook turns 32 early next month.
Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report has floated the idea of trading RJ Barrett, Frank Ntilikina, and the 8th and 27th picks of the 2020 NBA Draft.
Let’s just thank heavens that Grant Hughes is not the general manager of the New York Knicks. I read this article and immediately regretted wasting five minutes of my life. The title of the article is completely misleading considering this would not benefit the Knicks in any way whatsoever.
I don’t think trading for Russell Westbrook would be beneficial for the Knicks in any way whatsoever. Don’t forget, I’m not on board for bringing in Chris Paul.
If the Knicks pull the trigger on these trades, it would give me a Carmelo Anthony-like trade vibe.
I say this because Carmelo’s time in New York was a failure, no fault to him. As he said a few weeks ago on The Old Man and the Three podcast with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter, Anthony had over 100 teammates as a Knick! If the Knicks pull the trigger on this, who will the Knicks try to put around Paul or Westbrook?
Could you imagine Paul/Westbrook starting with Wayne Ellington, Kevin Knox, Julius Randle, and Taj Gibson?
Thanks, I hate it. Because knowing the Knicks, this would be the lineup they would run on opening night.
There is no way the Knicks front office would make the same mistake they always make. This regime is smarter than that. I know it. They simply cannot be this braindead.
Why would they trade their potential franchise player in Barrett, who certainly has not hit his ceiling, for a point guard who has definitely hit his ceiling and still can’t shoot efficiently from beyond 15 feet? For a player who has to rely on his athletic ability?
For a player who is a point guard and was being guarded like a 1990s center at the arc during the second round of the playoffs?
Russell Westbrook this postseason
12/42 on jumpers (28.6%)
3/18 on 3-pointers (16.7%)
7/15 on free throws (46.7%)
Lakers just not even guarding him pic.twitter.com/4BqlYF6T1S
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) September 7, 2020
Lakers guarding Westbrook like Ben Simmons in crunch time ? pic.twitter.com/5Ao0Prvs48
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 7, 2020
The Knicks could fight for a playoff spot with Westbrook or Paul, but why do any of that and lose draft position? Then what happens if Westbrook leaves? The Knicks will continue to run late lottery picks on the floor with zero future.
What about Dotson, Knox, Robinson, Smith?
I’m sorry, but these guys are not doing the answer.
Mitchell Robinson has the most potential out of those guys and unless he incorporates a three-point shot and implements it in-game, it’ll be hard to imagine a defensive center as the cornerstone of a franchise that has been struggling mightily for the past 20 years.
Leon Rose, if you are reading this…
DO NOT TRADE FOR RUSSELL WESTBROOK.
DO NOT TRADE FOR CHRIS PAUL.
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