The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls have been near the bottom of the Eastern Conference for quite some time now. They are off to similar starts this season and could look to make a splash at the NBA trade deadline. The Knicks are a team that could certainly use that big-name star on the roster.
During their 8-10 start, the Knicks have been led by the duo of Julius Randle and RJ Barrett. Randle is having the best season of his career so far with 22.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per contest. RJ Barrett is finally coming into his own scoring 17.4 points per game. He is not shooting the ball well from three-point range but that will come with time.
With players like RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson, the Knicks have a young core to build around for the future. They are missing that next-level player that can give them the starpower.
The Bulls are a team with some options. When Chicago is featured in an NBA trade rumor, it is usually involving either Zach LaVine or Lauri Markannen. Both players are off to a hot start this season. LaVine leads the team scoring 27 points per game on 50.2% from the field and 39.7% from three-point range.
At just 25-years old, LaVine has been linked to many contenders but could go to another rebuilding team in this deal. LaVine would bring excitement and energy back to a city that needs something to cheer about.
It would be extremely interesting to see the Knicks make a blockbuster deal at the NBA trade deadline. Here is what it might take to land Zach LaVine in the Big Apple.