NY Knicks: 3 realistic trades that could happen in the offseason

New York Knicks, Lonzo Ball, (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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NY Knicks, Lonzo Ball, Malcolm Brogdon, Bradley Beal
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NY Knicks Postseason Trade Target #3 – Bradley Beal

Okay, this one is for all those who said I gave up too much for Bradley Beal the last time I wrote about a Beal trade to the Knicks.

A lot of people said I gave up too much by giving up Quickley on top of the package mentioned above.

Maybe it is too much…but clearly, you all haven’t seen what other teams have been trading for stars of the same caliber that of Bradley Beal.

I’m gonna make the case for why Bradley Beal is a perfect fit for the Knicks here.

Firstly, say what you want about Beal’s defense…guys like RJ and Randle weren’t known for their defense before playing for Thibs.

In fact, Randle was known for the exact opposite…he was known for playing badly on the defensive side of the ball.

Now, he’s a more than capable defender. Thibs has that effect on players…Beal will be just fine.

Second, New York ranks 23rd in offensive rating this season. Bringing in a 30 point per game scorer will fix all of their offensive woes immediately.

Call him an empty stats guy all you want, the stats are never empty when you’re coached by one of the greatest basketball minds of all time. They’ll figure out how to make it work.

Third, the Knicks need a 3rd capable scorer that can get them a bucket whenever they need one.

That’s been a glaring weakness all season. Insert Beal into the lineup and now your 3rd best scorer is RJ Barrett…could be worse, right? (sarcasm)

Giving up Mitch hurts, sure. But in reality, if you look at all the top teams in the league where their best player isn’t their center (i.e. Philly and Denver as examples), they run rotations of 2 or 3 middling centers instead of having just one very, very good one taking all the playing time.

We’ve seen what guys like Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson are capable of without Mitch around.

They’ve filled in admirably.

Now add in another aging but capable guy into that mix and you have your 3-headed monster at the 5 spot and would feel confident in those 3 getting the job done.

Losing the picks hurt but Coach Thibs doesn’t like playing his rookies anyway.

They’re gonna do what it takes to build the roster in his image with pieces that he feels confident in playing.

End of rant.

Next. Three shooters NY can add in free agency. dark