New york knicks trade options
What's on the table for New York over the next two weeks? Let's take a look at which players have -- and have not -- drawn interest ahead of the Feb. The big name that surfaced recently is Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker. As of late last week, Charlotte had hoped to engage with the Knicks on trade talks involving Walker, but no substantial discussions had taken place at that point, per league sources. Charlotte is looking for a young player or a draft pick and appears eager to shed one of its less desirable contracts in a potential Walker deal, according to the report by Wojnarowski.
Those requirements would seem to be a holdup for New York. Opposing executives have gotten the impression that the Knicks are opposed to trading draft picks or taking on a significant amount of salary unless it brings back a transformative player. This seems like a sound approach for a team that is in the early stages of a rebuild and has a history of making mistakes when searching for a quick fix examples: If Walker is dealt, it wouldn't surprise anyone around the league if the Hornets started trading off other players under long-term contracts.
That could leave a young player such as guard Jeremy Lamb available for a reasonable return. Opposing executives believe that the Knicks will move one of their four centers before the deadline.
Hernangomez has been largely out of coach Jeff Hornacek's rotation this season, but teams have interest in the second-year center based on his age, his strong performance last season 8. Starting center Enes Kanter and backup center Kyle O'Quinn also have received interest from opposing executives, sources said, with members of the Golden State Warriors among those executives to express interest in year-old big man O'Quinn.
Hernangomez, though, might bring back more value than Kanter or O'Quinn because of his age and contract. Teams who have spoken with the Knicks believe they are keeping their options open on O'Quinn and Hernangomez and, like all teams at this time of year, are looking for the best return available for either player.
Also worth noting when talking about potential trades involving Knicks big men: The trade market for centers might be clogged at the deadline because of the availability of several bigs, including LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan , and the dearth of teams looking for big men. Speaking of Jordan, one name that came up in a conversation between members of the Rockets organization and the Clippers in a Jordan deal was Clint Capela, according to sources.
Those talks, sources say, went nowhere because of Houston's affinity for Capela. Several teams have expressed interest in wings Courtney Lee and Lance Thomas , as has been the case dating back to the beginning of the season. What the Knicks do -- or don't do -- with a player such as Lee could tell us a lot about whether they feel this team has enough to make a run for a playoff spot.
But the year-old has been instrumental in getting the Knicks to a larger win total than expected at this point, and he has been a strong voice in a young locker room. New York values its veterans and views them as pivotal in building a winning culture. So those factors likely will be weighed if serious offers for Lee emerge. Opposing executives have come away with the impression that the Knicks aren't looking to trade Lee and would do so only if it meant bringing back a significant return.
Stretching only his final season would see a lower cap hit and also have no salary obligation for the season. Noah would have to be willing to sacrifice a portion of what he's owed between this season and the final two years of his contract. Sources told ESPN that Noah has no inclination to give up a significant amount of guaranteed money in a potential buyout.
Unless Noah changes his mind, this would be a roadblock to any buyout agreement between the veteran center and the Knicks. Such an agreement wouldn't change the cap hit the Knicks incur on the remaining years of Noah's deal. The Knicks could choose to waive Noah, though they'd likely attempt to negotiate a buyout before exploring this option. Waiving Noah wouldn't change the hit on the Knicks' books, but it would put an end to what, at the moment, is an uncomfortable relationship between the coaching staff and player.
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