NBA Trade Rumors: 1 Expendable difference-maker on every team ahead of trade deadline

Exploring one expendable difference-maker on every team that could be moved ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline.

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New York Knicks

Expendable difference-maker: Quentin Grimes

It's actually quite amazing how much a year and a half, basically, can make. Roughly 18 months ago, Quentin Grimes was viewed as an emerging potential star for the New York Knicks when they refused to include him in any offers for Donovan Mitchell in trade discussions with the Utah Jazz. Now, you can make the argument that Grimes has become somewhat of an expendable player for New York with their loaded wing group.

After an offseason in which the Knicks re-signed Josh Hart and then signed Donte DiVincenzo in free agency, and the continued emergence of RJ Barrett, Grimes has now become somewhat of a luxury for the team. So much so that he's easily a likely candidate to be moved in a potential deal for a superstar.

If the Knicks do pursue a move at the NBA Trade Deadline for a difference-maker, Grimes is likely to be included as a sweetener. If you would've said that last offseason, it would've seemed unlikely. However, it almost seems like a foregone conclusion that Grimes is going to be moved by the Knicks at some point soon.