NBA Trade Rumors: Three Point Guards The Knicks Are Eyeing Down
The New York Knicks, who currently have a 20-32 record, will look to upgrade their point guard position by Thursday’s 3p.m. ET trade deadline. The defending Atlantic Division champs, who are currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and 2.5 games behind the 8th seed Charlotte Bobcats, had high hopes and expectations at the beginning of the season. After a dismal first half of the season, filled with injuries and boneheaded plays, the Knicks are looking to rebound the second half of the season.
The problem for the Knicks this season starts at point guard, as starter Raymond Felton has failed to have any consistency in his playmaking ability. With the deadline looming, the Knicks are desperately looking for a trade partner, but have found only lukewarm interest from other teams. The Knicks are currently looking to swap Iman Shumpert with a point guard, and are hesitant to trade away either their first round pick or rookie Tim Hardaway Jr.
The Knicks are currently eyeing down three potential point guards of interest: Denver’s Andre Miller, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, and Atlanta’s Jeff Teague.
The Knicks are determined to try to import a new floor leader before the trade deadline, and may look to make a deal with the familiar Denver Nuggets. As most, if not all, Knicks fans remember, Denver and the Knicks have a history of swapping players, most notably the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster deal.
The Denver Nuggets, who currently have one of the league’s best and most exciting young point guards in Ty Lawson, are willing to trade veteran Andre Miller. Miller would be of service to the Knicks for his intangibles, defense and passing. Miller brings veteran leadership, hard defense and more consistent ball movement, all of which the Knicks lack.
Miller, who will turn 38 next month, isn’t exactly the youthful, electrifying point guard the Knicks are looking for. Averaging just under six points per game and 3.3 assists, Miller lacks a real ability to make plays himself. Miller is also no longer a 25-minute per game guy. Averaging only 19 minutes a game, the Knicks would not be solving their issue, just temporarily making a slight improvement.
If the Knicks cannot find another trade suitor, I would not be surprised if they make a deal with Denver.
Toronto’s Kyle Lowry has been the Knicks longstanding primary choice for trade. The Knicks have reportedly been chasing Lowry all season, but a deal has yet to be made, as the Knicks are reluctant to give up a first round pick.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, Toronto is currently atop the Atlantic Division, due in part because of the sensational play of Kyle Lowry over the first half of the season. Lowry, who has started in all 52 games for the Raptors this season, is having by far the best season of his career. He is averaging 16.7 points, 5.3 assists, 2.3 turnovers and 1.6 steals a game. He is also shooting better than ever before, raising his field goal percentage from .401 to .431 and his 3-point percentage from .362 to .388 from last season.
As the deadline gets closer, the chance that the Knicks make a move to get Lowry decreases.
With uncertainty in the availability of Lowry, the Knicks have continued to reach out to the rest of the league. Atlanta Hawk’s point guard Jeff Teague has emerged as the top trade candidate for the Knicks. Teague, who is just 25 years old, has seen his numbers continue to improve over his five seasons in the NBA. Teague has only missed four games over the past season and a half and has averaged over 32 minutes a game. This season, he is averaging a respectable 15.6 points and 7.2 assists per game. Teague is a playmaker, with the ability to make those around him better. With a supporting cast of Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, Teague would be poised to be a premier point guard in the NBA.
The Hawk’s have been openly searching for a small forward, a position which the Knicks have little to offer. There has been reports that the Hawk’s are interested in acquiring Shumpert and moving Teague to shed his long-term contract.
The reason the Teague deal has yet to happen is the fact that he has 3 year, $32 million left on his contract. That would cut into the Knicks already small future cap space, giving Melo a small reason to potentially leave this summer.
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