As Dec. 15 approaches, do any of the New York Knicks’ signings have value on the trade market?
At 4-16, the New York Knicks sit a half-game back of the Golden State Warriors for the NBA’s worst record. They are also behind 2018-19’s pace of just 17 wins. A new-look roster has done nothing to improve this team’s outcome, headlined by the seven free agents signed in July.
Once Dec. 15 arrives, the Knicks will be able to trade any of their offseason acquisitions. The question is, will they make any moves?
Part of it hinges on the value of these players. Some have produced enough to aid their chances of joining a contender, while others have struggled mightily and offer little to no value.
How does each of the offseason signings stand? Let’s take a look:
Julius Randle has been a disappointment on a three-year, $62.3 million contract, with a partial guarantee for the third season. His numbers have gradually improved from a poor start, but on-court decision making has been questionable; he’s struggling to make three-pointers; 65.1 percent on free throws is problematic; and the 3.5 turnovers per game still persist.
However, with the investment the Knicks made on Randle, it would be a surprise to see him move. Perhaps another team sees long-term value in this power forward, but not at $18 million this year and $18.9 million in 2020-21.
Reggie Bullock has yet to play after offseason surgery. Until he returns and proves any sign of good health, there is no trade value here.
Before this season, Wayne Ellington had value as a three-point shooter and did not seem like a bad signing at the time.
16 appearances later, on $7.8 million, the veteran shooting guard has 4.7 points on 33.3 percent shooting and 31.8 percent from behind the arc. Part of that is due to not receiving a consistent role, but he hasn’t capitalized on opportunities.
Unless Ellington surges closer to the trade deadline, his trade value is also nonexistent. The best bet is a buyout and joining a contender’s bench, as it’s difficult to see a trade partner match the rest of that salary owed.