The NBA trade deadline is approaching and the New York Knicks are feeling trigger happy. What’s new?
However, the only problem is that the Knicks don’t necessarily have the goods to make a deal. Especially when calculating who the Knicks could possibly target.
New York is looking for bait to reel in (or re-sign) Carmelo Anthony this summer and the Knicks just may have in mind a piece or two of that puzzle — Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin.
“Rockets GM Daryl Morey has asked a lot for Asik all season long. He should. He’s in a position of power with a skilled big man who is under control for another two seasons after this one is over. He also shouldn’t let Lin go cheaply. It could save Houston a lot of money to trade Asik and Lin but they’re also impact players on their roster. That’s not something you give away without compensation.
Asik want out of Houston. He believes he’s on the verge of becoming and All-Star center and shouldn’t have to sit behind Howard or shift to power forward to play beside him. The biggest obstacle of trading him is finding a team willing to pay him the $14,898,938.
There’s little doubt that the Knicks would love to bring Asik to New York. He’s four years younger than Tyson Chandler who projects as a relatively even scorer as Chandler but a better rebounder Per-36.
However, at 7’0″, 230 pounds he has a better, wider frame than Chandler with a solid lower body and a 7’2″ wingspan. Asik plays with a great motor, is a serious player with fairly nice athleticism. He finishes nicely around the rim, has a developing mid-range game and is an active defender.
Lin has played well for Houston. but his and James Harden’s skill sets work better separately so Lin has found himself coming off the bench. There’s little doubt that he’d prefer to be a starter. Clearly he’d be an upgrade to Raymond Felton. However, Lin is also scheduled to make $14,898,938 next season.”
Even though that scenario looks unlikely, you can never put anything past the Knicks, plus, I’m sure Morey wants to get this whole Asik situation settled. He certainly doesn’t want this to linger into the offseason and/or next year. And if that means he has to cut ties with Lin, I’m sure he’s willing to take that exchange.
If it’s reassuring, ESPN’s Stephen A Smith also echoed the words of a possible Lin to New York reunion on his radio show, however, pointed out that he couldn’t imagine it happening. He also stated that, at this point, the Knicks would almost do anything to shake things up.
Just like every year, the Knicks will attempt to be “players” at the trade deadline. We’ll see if they can, for once, come out as winners.
[H/T to Space City Scoop on the report]