Should the New York Knicks explore a trade for DeMar DeRozen?
Rumors that the New York Knicks may be players in a potential blockbuster trade for Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Chris Paul seem to be running rampant. If new team president Leon Rose and head coach Tom Thibodeau are serious about transforming the struggling Knicks into a serious postseason contender, it is clear that the franchise will require a much needed infusion of star power.
After watching Paul will the Thunder to a successful season in a tough Western Conference, he would certainly be a good starting point. However, despite posting an elite season in 2020, Paul is currently 35 years old.
Additionally, reports seem to indicate that OKC is seeking both a first round picks and a young prospect in any potential deal. That is a high price. Throw in the fact that Paul is slated to earn $41 million in 2021 and $44 million in 2022, and the transaction becomes even more complicated.
Considering these obstacles, if the Knicks do intend to shop assets such as their 8th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft or their 2018 lottery pick Kevin Knox, they would be wise to consider targeting a player with a few less concerns.
While All-Star caliber players certainly do not grow on trees, there is another possible option that would fit much better with the Knicks over the next several seasons: San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan.
Let’s break down the pros and cons of acquiring the four-time All-Star.