NBA Trade Rumors: 3 Reasons Knicks should steer clear of Zach LaVine

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NBA Trade Rumors: Exploring three reasons why it would be in the best interest of the New York Knicks to steer clear of Zach LaVine. 

Despite an up-and-down start to the season, the New York Knicks are 6-5 and within reach of the two top teams in the Eastern Conference. One five-game winning streak and the outlook on the season completely changes for the Knicks. However, if the Knicks want to be considered a legit championship contender, they’re likely going to need to make a move for a difference-maker ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline.

All of a sudden, that market is beginning to create itself – with Zach LaVine possibly sitting at the top. If the Chicago Bulls do move forward with shopping LaVine, the Knicks are naturally going to express at least some interest.

Why the New York Knicks should at least have a conversation about Zach LaVine

At the very least, the Knicks should have a conversation about LaVine. For as talented of a player as he is, it would be a disservice if New York’s front office didn’t at least explore the possibility of a deal for the talented guard. Even though he hasn’t gotten off to a great start to the season, he’s historically a productive player. In a “down” year, he’s still averaging 22 points per game on 41 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent shooting from 3-point range.

But just because it makes sense to a certain extent for the Knicks to explore a trade for LaVine, that doesn’t mean they should pull the trigger. Hammering down that issue, we explore three reasons why it’s probably in the best interest of the Knicks to steer clear of LaVine.