How the New York Knicks can land Zion Williamson via trade to be their final piece of a championship puzzle.
Heading into the start of the 2023-24 NBA season, the New York Knicks are an underrated dark horse threat in the Eastern Conference. With the way the team is assembled now, could the Knicks make a deep playoff run? Sure. However, it would be unlikely. One way they could cement themselves as a contender in the East, though, is by adding a superstar talent at some point this season.
Short of that, it’s hard to imagine the Knicks being a legit contender this season. The good news is that the Knicks have the necessary resources to strike for a superstar trade. The difficult part is trying to predict who that could be for or when it could possibly happen.
While there’s been recent speculation that if Joel Embiid does ever demand a trade, the Knicks would likely be atop his preferred destination list and a team that could theoretically meet Philadelphia’s huge asking price, that’s far from a guarantee.
Zion Williamson could be the next big name to hit the trade block
One player who could be more of a realistic target right now, especially considering his name popped up in the rumor mill during the offseason, is Zion Williamson. It’s been reported that the New Orleans Pelicans aren’t completely sold on him as the face of the franchise and he’s a player that New York has coveted since the 2019 NBA Draft.
If Zion were to hit the trade block, the Knicks could make some compelling offers to the Pelicans. Let’s explore three hypothetical trade offers that the Knicks could offer to potentially land their big fish and possibly the final piece of their championship puzzle.