Trading for Andre Drummond never made much sense for the New York Knicks, and it appears they have finally come to their senses
When it was reported that the New York Knicks were interested in possibly trading for Andre Drummond – or at least targeting him – at the NBA trade deadline, it left me perplexed.
No matter what was the deal, the Knicks targeting Andre Drummond never made much sense.
On one hand, this type of move would be very on-brand for the Knicks. On the other, if New York wants to change the narrative on what the franchise has been over the last few decades, this is exactly the type of move that would set them back another year or two.
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In its simplest form, this move wouldn’t make sense because the Knicks will have the cap space in the summer to pursue Drummond if they truly wanted to. So, why would they give up assets for a player that the team could theoretically sign in a few months?
It’s not like the Knicks are in the playoff race; they’re far from it. New York is 12-33 and two games off the pace for the worst record in the NBA. There’s no reason for them to be “buyers” at the trade deadline and it would be viewed as another way-too-aggressive move for a team that has no reason to be aggressive right now.
You can make an argument for the Knicks pursuing Drummond during the summer in free agency; in fact, I won’t even argue against it. However, there’s no question that the Knicks should be patient in a time where they have the luxury to be patient.
New York has no business being buyers in the trade market. If anything, they should be trying to sell some of their veteran, productive assets in order to recoup some draft picks.
The Knicks need to make it through the year – and to the NBA Draft – without making any glaring mistakes. Quite frankly, I’m not sure we can trust this organization. From the looks of it, however, it appeared they side-stepped a big mistake in being patient on the Andre Drummond front.