This Knicks-Magic trade furthers New York’s winning efforts

RJ Barrett, New York Knicks, NBA
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Did anyone expect the New York Knicks to have five wins this early in the season? The short answer is no. The Knicks are off to a 5-5 start coming off their worst performance of the season against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Regardless, New York seems to have a real pathway to being competitive.

Here is where they might come back. The Knicks are off to a strong start because of the play of Julius Randle and R.J. Barrett. Randle has been good every night while Barrett continues to be inconsistent.

In this trade, they would be able to hang onto both players and that is the first attractive aspect. This is a chance for the Knicks to continue building their team in hopes of competing. They were viewed as a lottery team this season but could surprise some people if they make a deal.

The Orlando Magic are in an interesting position. They are a team that has been in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference for years now. They have been to the postseason in each of the last two years but have not moved on because of their low seed. This is something they are trying to change this season. They are off to a strong start but recently lost Markelle Fultz to a torn ACL. The Magic are not a championship team so they have some options moving forward.

When it comes to trades such as this one, it all depends on where the teams believe they are headed. Let’s take a look and see how this particular trade would help each team moving forward.