New York Knicks: Pros and cons of potential trade for Jabari Parker

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Pro: Taking another chance on failed lottery pick

The New York Knicks have become somewhat of a haven for former lottery picks that never lived up to expectations. General manager Scott Perry seems more than willing to take a chance; maybe due to the team’s developmental positioning for 2018-19.

Either way, the Knicks have found diamonds in the rough with at least two of them: Vonleh and Emmanuel Mudiay. Both turned into bonafide starters for this year’s squad, and there’s a chance they factor into the organization’s plans for 2019-20 and beyond, pending the price is right.

Of course, this has also failed. Mario Hezonja never found a rhythm in over 30 games played. He lost his starting job to Knox, sliding to the end of the bench. While only on a one-year, $6.5 million contract, it’s still much for a player that did not improve with a change of scenery.

For Parker, his offensive numbers will not scream “bust,” but he’s only shown one healthy season since 2014. Though in a half-year stretch, even with concerns about his overall game, why not take a chance?

If Parker flops as the Knicks’ latest reclamation project, they can move on from his team option without hassle. If he plays well, that decision would probably remain the same, but at least with the chance of returning to the team in 2019-20.

The Duke product fits the mold of players this front office has gambled on, so it would not be a surprise if they moved forward with this deal.