New York Knicks rumors: The New York Knicks are going to be the subject of rumors on a near never-ending basis during the NBA offseason following the hiring of former player-agent Leon Rose as the team’s president.
Fresh off yet another losing season (21-45), the long-downtrodden Knicks are obviously in need of building their talent level up, once again. The issue here is an organization in New York that has lost prestige. That was magnified during free agency ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Now that this year’s free agency is slated to start around the NBA world later in November, we’re hearing a lot of rumors surrounding the New York Knicks. That includes one big free-agent name.
Updated: Nov. 19, 9 PM EST
New York Knicks trade rumors: Gordon Hayward opts out, top free-agent target for Knicks
Gordon Hayward officially exercised the opt-out clause in his contract with the Boston Celtics, turning down $34 million to become a free agent. While a return to Boston isn’t out of the question, New York is making Hayward its top priority.
According to The New York Times‘ Marc Stein, the Knicks intend to aggressively pursue Hayward in free agency. Many teams around the NBA believe it is also the best fit for him, given New York created $40 million in cap space on Thursday. With free agency set to begin on Friday, the Knicks could strike early with an All-Star addition.
New York Knicks rumors: Team acquires Ed Davis from Utah Jazz
After selecting Obi Toppin with the No. 8 pick, the New York Knicks made even more changes to their frontcourt on Thursday. Shortly after declining options on Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson, New York is acquiring power forward Ed Davis.
The deal, first reported by The Athletic’s Tony Jones, sends Davis and two 2023 second-round picks to the Knicks. It’s a cap-saving move for Utah, who offloads the $5 million that Davis is owed for the 2020-’21 season.
Davis saw very little playing time in Utah this past season. He averaged 1.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, finishing around 11 minutes per night. He’ll provide some depth for New York at power forward, but a lot of minutes will be given to Topin.
Updated: Nov. 18, 8:02 PM EST
New York Knicks rumors: Team in talks to acquire No. 2 pick from Warriors
This would be something else. Rumors have suggested that Golden State is indeed looking to move out of the second spot. It has had conversations with a number of teams about the selection.
Picking No. 8 and No. 23 in the first round of Wednesday’s NBA Draft, the Knicks would have to offer up a whole lot more than those two selections to entice Golden State. Could 2019 lottery pick R.J. Barrett be used as fodder? The Warriors also have the $17-plus million Andre Iguodala trade exception. They could take on Julius Randle’s contract while adding the 23rd pick and a future first-round pick from New York.
As it relates to the Knicks, LaMelo Ball would seem to be the likeliest target for new president Leon Rose. He has been linked to New York for some time now. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: Nov. 15, 3:04 PM EST
New York Knicks rumors: Gordon Hayward trade becomes a real possibility
At this point, injury Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is expected to opt into the final year of his contract. His base salary for next season is $31.49 million. There’s very little reason to believe that Hayward would come close to meeting that in free agency.
It has led to rumors that the Celtics will ultimately trade Hayward once he officially opts in. If so, the New York Knicks are a viable potential landing spot. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reports that New York will have interest in Hayward should Boston put him on the block.
New Knicks president Leon Rose is looking to make a splash. Whether Hayward would qualify as that remains to be seen. The 30-year-old Hayward has not been the same since suffering a serious leg injury in his first game as a member of the Celtics back in 2017-18. However, the former All-Star did average 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists on 50% shooting from the field this past season.
Any move to acquire Hayward would likely include the Knicks sending the contracts of Julius Randle and Taj Gibson, among others, to Boston. It would work out from a depth perspective for the Celtics. Expect Knicks rumors to pick up on this front moving forward.
UPDATE: Nov. 13, 3:30 PM EST
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New York Knicks rumors: Team a ‘viable’ landing spot for Russell Westbrook trade
According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, New York is on the shortlist of viable trade destinations for Russell Westbrook.
Since reports emerged of Westbrook’s desire to leave Houston, interest in acquiring him has been sparse. While he is undeniably talented, the 32-year-old is in decline and will be owed more than $130 million over the next three seasons.
He suffered a quad injury in the NBA bubble, which limited his explosiveness on the court and highlighted the risks of the years to come. Speed is an essential element of his game and it is slowly slipping away. However, he still averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and seven assists per game this past season.
A change of scenery would certainly benefit him. Westbrook loves operating as the star on the court, handling the ball and dictating the flow of the game. It’s something he missed out on this past season, playing alongside James Harden.
The Knicks have the assets to pull off a blockbuster trade and we know how desperately they want a star. Ultimately, if Westbrook wants out and New York is willing to eat his contract, a trade to the Knicks is very possible.
New York Knicks rumors: Team said to be targeting Davis Bertans
“The teams were not specified, though one source said there are two Eastern Conference teams and one from the West who are interested in sign-and-trade scenarios involving Bertans. That is along with at least three teams – the Hawks, Knicks and Suns included – expected to target Bertans early in free agency using their cap room,” Chase Hughes of NBC Sport Washington reported.
There’s been a lot of rumors that Bertans, an impending unrestricted free agent, will decide to depart the Washington Wizards. That was magnified when the power forward opted out of the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season in Orlando.
Bertans, 27, averaged 15.4 points and 4.5 rebounds on a resounding 42% shooting from three-point range this past season. He’s seen as one of the top free agents set to hit the open market.
New York Knicks rumors: How would a Davis Bertans move look?
Unlike some other teams looking to chase after the former Indiana Pacers second-round pick, the New York Knicks figure to have the cap room to add him to the mix. He’s likely looking at north of $15 million annually on a long-term deal. However, that’s pure speculation on our part given the economic situation around the NBA world.
There’s definitely a chance that New York opts to go the sign-and-trade route. The Knicks wouldn’t part with their initial first-round selection (eighth overall) in the 2020 NBA Draft for Bertans. However, the 27th pick a long with someone like Kevin Knox and a salary filler in Taj Gibson could make sense for both New York and Washington. Again, that’s pure speculation.
New York Knicks rumors: Team in on Chris Paul?
Other rumors around the NBA water cooler suggest that the Knicks, led by Mr. Rose, will be looking to make an even larger splash during the offseason. That could include acquiring Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade. ESPN personality and former NBA player Kendrick Perkins backed this claim up recently.
On the surface, acquiring the 35-year-old Paul and his bloated contract might not make sense for a contending team. With that said, New York wants to throw out an entertaining product in the Big Apple. Adding Paul to the mix makes sense in that regard. It’s why rumors around the NBA water cooler have picked up surrounding Paul going to the Knicks.
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Author: Vincent Frank