NBA Trade Rumors: It’s now being reported what the New York Knicks are willing to offer in a potential trade for Joel Embiid.
As the likes of the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics elected to go all-in with huge moves this offseason, one emerging contender decided to remain silent on the sidelines – the New York Knicks. After taking a tangible step forward last season in the franchise’s overall path toward championship contention, they still very much remain a star acquisition away from being a true player in the Eastern Conference.
However, the hope is that will soon change. But there is a method to the Knicks’ patient madness. The Knicks don’t just want to make a move for a star player, they want to make the move for the right star player. So far, the “right” star player that they’re waiting for hasn’t been available.
According to recent reports, the “right” star target is Joel Embiid who, depending on how the James Harden trade saga ends, could seemingly find his way to the trade block at some point in the next 12 months.
Adding to that interest in Embiid, who the Knicks consider as their No. 1 star target, it’s also being reported what the team would be willing to give up to land the perennial All-Star.
The Knicks are reportedly willing to offer a package centered around Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, Evan Fournier, Mitchell Robinson, and 203 future first-round picks.
Would the monster package from the New York Knicks be enough?
It’s no surprise that the Knicks are waiting for their opportunity to pounce on Embiid. It would make sense that he’s the star player the team is waiting to become available. Embiid would be a perfect fit with the Knick current supporting cast. He could very well be the piece that puts this team over the top in their minds.
At the same time, if Embiid were to hit the trade market, it would ignite one of the biggest bidding wars in recent trade history. This isn’t like a 34-year-old Kevin Durant or Damian Lillard hitting the trade block. This is a 29-year-old MVP hitting the trade block.
An MVP in his prime usually is never traded. That almost never happens. But if it does, the Knicks will be in a great spot to pounce on the opportunity.
While this is a good package, you’d have to imagine that New York would have to give up a little more, especially in terms of draft capital. But I don’t think that’s surprising at all. After all, this report could also be considered the beginning of negotiating through the media.
The Knicks aren’t going to throw out their best potential offer. This report says, “We’re interested, let’s talk.” Nothing more, nothing less. It’s clear the Knicks have their eyes on Embiid. The question is, does Embiid have his eyes on the Knicks?