The New York Knicks are a team that everyone expects to make a move ahead of the 2022 NBA trade deadline. How big of a move the team will be making, however, is up for debate.
Will the Knicks look to shuffle the edges of their rotation and roster, sticking with essentially the same core and hoping to turn things around once they get healthy again? That seems like it would be the best course of action, especially since the team is two, not one, All-Star caliber players away from truly contending in the Eastern Conference.
But, things could change. New York could be presented with an opportunity to swing a blockbuster trade and upgrade the roster in a big way. Knowing they have a surplus of assets they can build a package around, they may consider it.
Leon Rose, Scott Perry and William Wesley have done an excellent job stockpiling assets since taking over the front office. They have loaded up on draft capital while building a roster with numerous intriguing, young players that fit their system.
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Unlike past regimes, they are not going to make a trade just for the sake of making a deal. It will have to be one that will continue putting them on the path to becoming contenders and improving their chances of winning basketball games.
While a blockbuster doesn’t have a high likelihood of occurring, the team will be prepared for anything. Here are three stars that the New York Knicks should target ahead of the deadline should they look to swing a big trade.