If the New York Knicks want to put together a solid squad capable of reaching the playoffs. They need to change things this offseason. This year, they saw severe limits on both sides of the ball, particularly with Julius Randle’s regression.
Injuries caused some inconsistency, and given Tom Thibodeau’s approach. The Knicks’ young players didn’t receive as much playing time as possible. But having an outstanding defensive player in Rudy Gobert fits the pattern well for the identity Thibs is constructing.
The Knicks’ defensive efficiency has dropped. It dropped into 11th place after rating as one of the greatest defensive teams in basketball in 2020. Gobert would be a great addition, and some financial relief would be excellent. Particularly if the front office considers Dallas Mavericks’ Jalen Brunson.
However, let’s look at a hypothetical trading situation that might provide enough value.
NBA Analysis proposed this particular fake deal.
It appears reasonable considering the Knicks’ inability to pay any more young players. And Gobert is a perfect fit for Tom Thibodeau.
Fournier scored 14.1 points per game this season and shot 39 percent from outside the arc. He set the Knicks’ single-season three-pointer record, but it doesn’t make him a strong defender.
Fournier was a significant burden on defense, but he was a consistent scorer for most of the season. The Knicks may be hoping for better defensive consistency, but dumping his salary is the most important move here.
Cam Reddish’s departure is inevitable since he only averaged 6.1 points in 14.3 minutes of action. At the time, trading for Cam made little sense since putting a diminutive forward on a club. That didn’t use that position was unusual. Because he had little to no influence, we may anticipate the Knicks to include him in trade talks.
Derrick trades. Rose would break every Knicks fan’s heart. But it could be time to bring in some new blood at 33 years old. And come off a season of injuries. Brunson would definitely fit the criteria, and the club needs more consistency. At the point guard position after Rose only averaged 12 points and participated in 26 games last season.
The Knicks will have to give up at least one first-round selection from this year. Adding additional young talent to the squad would be advantageous. But they are already having difficulty giving their existing players enough time to grow.