New York Knicks: 3 undervalued stars to target in trades

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – JANUARY 09: Devonte’ Graham #4 of the Charlotte Hornets reacts during the fourth quarter of their game against the Atlanta Hawks at Spectrum Center on January 09, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

With the New York Knicks outperforming expectations, it might be the right time for them to swing a trade that puts them into the playoffs.

As this article is being written, the New York Knicks currently stand at an unexpected 5-5 record, with the Nuggets bringing the team’s hot start down to earth on Sunday. While Denver is a top team, the previous loss to the Oklahoma City, a game in which the Knicks were actually favored, is, frankly, unacceptable.

It’s safe to assume the Knicks players view themselves as legitimate playoff contenders this year and the front office sure does as well, so if they’re still hovering around a .500 record 40 games into the season, we need to find a way to improve the roster.

Playing it safe and conservative this past offseason, they’ve managed to maintain roughly $18 million in available cap space while sending a competent team out on the floor every night. Leon Rose and Co. should look to use this payroll flexibility to bring in another piece or two to help aid in the subsequent playoff push.

There’s a number of star players throughout the league who are either underperforming or unhappy on their current teams and with their current roles. It seems that team president Leon Rose is keen on making savvier strategic trades and signings that don’t handicap the team’s short or long-term goals.

Well-run organizations know whom to target and when to buy low. I am proud to say that I believe the Knicks will be considered as such moving forward.

Let’s see what undervalued stars the Knicks could be targeting in the coming months.

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